Evolution and Adaptive Significance of Larval Midgut Alkalinization in the Insect Superorder Mecopterida

@article{Clark2004EvolutionAA,
  title={Evolution and Adaptive Significance of Larval Midgut Alkalinization in the Insect Superorder Mecopterida},
  author={Thomas M. Clark},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={2004},
  volume={25},
  pages={1945-1960}
}
The phylogenetic distribution of reported midgut pH values among larval Mecopterida supports a model in which the common ancestor of this group possessed an alkaline midgut, with subsequent loss of this trait in the lineage leading to the muscomorphan Diptera. The relationship between midgut pH and diet guild rank within the Lepidoptera and Diptera was… CONTINUE READING