Cecropia and its biotic defenses

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Science
Department Biology
Creator Davidson, Diane W.
Title Cecropia and its biotic defenses
Date 2005
Description In all the world, the genus Cecropia is unrivaled for the number of myrmecophytes, or true "antplants" counted among its species (McKey & Davidson, 1993). Based on the proportion of Cecropia species producing Mullerian bodies in at least some parts of their distribution, myrmecophytes comprise the vast majority (ca. 80%) of species in the genus; most nonmyrmecophytes occur at higher elevations and on islands, where their ants are missing (Wheeler, 1942). Geographically, myrmecophytic Cecropia occur throughout the latitudinal range of the genus, from southern Mexico to northern argentina. Given that association with ants is so widespread taxonomically and geographically, it is likely that relationships with ants have been highly influential in the evolutionary diversification of Cecropia.
Type Text
Publisher New York Botanical Garden Press
First Page 214
Last Page 226
Subject Myrmecophytes; Mullerian bodies; Pearl bodies
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Davidson, D. W. (2005). Cecropia and its biotic defenses, in Berg, Cornelis C. & Rosselli, Pilar Franco, Cecropia, 94, 214-26.
Rights Management (c)New York Botanical Garden Press
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