An aphid lineage maintains a bark‐feeding niche while switching to and diversifying on conifers

@inproceedings{Chen2016AnAL,
  title={An aphid lineage maintains a bark‐feeding niche while switching to and diversifying on conifers},
  author={Rui Chen and Colin Favret and Li-yun Jiang and Zhe Feng Wang and Ge-Xia Qiao},
  year={2016}
}
Lachnine aphids are unusual among phytophagous insects because they feed on both leafy and woody parts of both angiosperm and conifer hosts. Despite being piercing-sucking phloem-feeders, these aphids are most speciose on woody parts of coniferous hosts. To evaluate the significance of this unusual biology on their evolution, we reconstructed the ancestral host and feeding site of the lachnine aphids and estimated important host shifts during their evolution. We sampled 78 species representing… CONTINUE READING

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