EVOLUTION OF ANT‐CULTIVAR SPECIALIZATION AND CULTIVAR SWITCHING IN APTEROSTIGMA FUNGUS‐GROWING ANTS

@article{Villesen2004EVOLUTIONOA,
  title={EVOLUTION OF ANT‐CULTIVAR SPECIALIZATION AND CULTIVAR SWITCHING IN APTEROSTIGMA FUNGUS‐GROWING ANTS},
  author={P. Villesen and U. Mueller and T. Schultz and R. M. Adams and A. Bouck},
  journal={Evolution},
  year={2004},
  volume={58}
}
Abstract Almost all of the more than 200 species of fungus‐growing ants (Formicidae: Attini) cultivate litter‐decomposing fungi in the family Lepiotaceae (Basidiomycota: Agaricales). The single exception to this rule is a subgroup of ant species within the lower attine genus Apterostigma, which cultivate pterulaceous fungi distantly related to the Lepiotaceae. Comparison of cultivar and ant phylogenies suggests that a switch from lepiotaceous to pterulaceous fungiculture occurred only once in… Expand
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