Ant-plant symbioses: Stalking the chuyachaqui.

@article{Davidson1993AntplantSS,
  title={Ant-plant symbioses: Stalking the chuyachaqui.},
  author={Diane W. Davidson and Doyle B. Mckey},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  year={1993},
  volume={8 9},
  pages={326-32}
}
According to Quechua-speaking peoples, orchard-like stands ('Supay Chacras') of two Amazonian ant-plant species are cultivated by the devil, or 'Chuyachaqui'. These "devil gardens" offer extreme examples of specializations that have evolved repeatedly in ant-plant associations. Numerous investigations are beginning to disclose the identity of the Chuyachaqui - the forces behind evolutionary specialization in ant-plant symbioses. These developments have important implications for our… CONTINUE READING

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