Are gall midge species (Diptera, Cecidomyiidae) host-plant specialists?

@article{Carneiro2009AreGM,
  title={Are gall midge species (Diptera, Cecidomyiidae) host-plant specialists?},
  author={M. Carneiro and C. A. Branco and Carlos E. Duarte Braga and E. Almada and Marina Batista Morais Costa and V. Maia and G. Fernandes},
  journal={Revista Brasileira De Entomologia},
  year={2009},
  volume={53},
  pages={365-378}
}
Despite the speciose fauna of gall-inducing insects in the Neotropical region, little is known about their taxonomy. On the other hand, gall morphotypes associated with host species have been extensively used as a surrogate of the inducer species worldwide. This study reviewed the described gall midges and their galls to test the generalization on the use of gall morphotypes as surrogates of gall midge species in the Brazilian fauna. We compiled taxonomic and biological data for 196 gall midge… Expand
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