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Identifying potential evolutionary relationships within a facultative lycaenid-ant system: Ant association, oviposition, and butterfly-ant conflict

Collier, Neil (2007). Identifying potential evolutionary relationships within a facultative lycaenid-ant system: Ant association, oviposition, and butterfly-ant conflict. Insect Science,14(5):401-409.

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Title Identifying potential evolutionary relationships within a facultative lycaenid-ant system: Ant association, oviposition, and butterfly-ant conflict
Author Collier, Neil
Journal Name Insect Science
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 14
Issue Number 5
ISSN 1672-9609   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 401
End Page 409
Total Pages 9
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Facultative associations are commonly encountered between ants and lycaenids, although the nature and patterns of associations are typically unclear. This study investigated a facultative symbiosis involving the lycaenid The clinesthes albocincta (Lycaenidae), its host plant Adriana quadripartita and Australian native ants. Ants in the genera Ochetellus and Iridomyrmex were most frequently found in association with T. albocincta larvae, although Iridomyrmex ants were found in much lower abundance than were ants in Ochetellus. The abundances of Ochetellus and Iridomyrmex were highly correlated with larval abundance, but not egg abundance. Observations and experiments recorded oviposition on male inflorescences on more than 95% of occasions, but oviposition was not greater on inflorescences with ants present. Behavioral assays showed that Iridomyrmex ants were aggressive towards female butterflies on significantly more occasions than were Ochetellus ants. These findings indicate potential evolutionary relationships between T. albocincta and two genera of ants that were abundant within the habitat.
Keywords Dolichoderinae
euphorbiaceae
interactions
tritrophic
jalmenus-evagoras
larvae
lepidoptera
HYMENOPTERA
formicidae
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1744-7917.2007.00167.x   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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