Hidden neotropical diversity: greater than the sum of its parts.

@article{Condon2008HiddenND,
  title={Hidden neotropical diversity: greater than the sum of its parts.},
  author={Marty A. Condon and Sonja J. Scheffer and Matthew L. Lewis and Susan M. Swensen},
  journal={Science},
  year={2008},
  volume={320 5878},
  pages={
          928-31
        }
}
The diversity of tropical herbivorous insects has been explained as a direct function of plant species diversity. Testing that explanation, we reared 2857 flies from flowers and seeds of 24 species of plants from 34 neotropical sites. Samples yielded 52 morphologically similar species of flies and documented highly conserved patterns of specificity to host taxa and host parts. Widespread species of plants can support 13 species of flies. Within single populations of plants, we typically found… CONTINUE READING

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