How common is ecological speciation in plant-feeding insects? A 'Higher' Nematinae perspective

  title={How common is ecological speciation in plant-feeding insects? A 'Higher' Nematinae perspective},
  author={Tommi Nyman and Veli Vikberg and David Roy Smith and Jean-Luc Boev{\'e}},
  booktitle={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
Ecological speciation is a process in which a transiently resource-polymorphic species divides into two specialized sister lineages as a result of divergent selection pressures caused by the use of multiple niches or environments. Ecology-based speciation has been studied intensively in plant-feeding insects, in which both sympatric and allopatric shifts onto novel host plants could speed up diversification. However, while numerous examples of species pairs likely to have originated by resource… CONTINUE READING
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