Geographical variation in an ant-plant interaction correlates with domatia occupancy, local ant diversity, and interlopers

  title={Geographical variation in an ant-plant interaction correlates with domatia occupancy, local ant diversity, and interlopers},
  author={Megha Shenoy and Renee M. Borges},
  journal={Biological Journal of The Linnean Society},
  • Megha ShenoyR. Borges
  • Published 1 July 2010
  • Environmental Science
  • Biological Journal of The Linnean Society
Interactions between potentially mutualistic partners can vary over geographic areas. Myrmecophytes, which are plants harbouring ants, often do not exhibit sufficient intraspecific variability to permit comparative studies of myrmecophytic traits over space or time. Humboldtia brunonis (Fabaceae), a dominant, endemic myrmecophyte of the Indian Western Ghats, is unique in exhibiting considerable variability in myrmecophytic traits, e.g. domatia presence, as well as domatia occupancy and… 

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