Island phytophagy: explaining the remarkable diversity of plant-feeding insects.

@article{Joy2012IslandPE,
  title={Island phytophagy: explaining the remarkable diversity of plant-feeding insects.},
  author={Jeffrey B. Joy and Bernard J Crespi},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2012},
  volume={279 1741},
  pages={
          3250-5
        }
}
Plant-feeding insects have undergone unparalleled diversification among different plant taxa, yet explanations for variation in their diversity lack a quantitative, predictive framework. Island biogeographic theory has been applied to spatially discrete habitats but not to habitats, such as host plants, separated by genetic distance. We show that relationships between the diversity of gall-inducing flies and their host plants meet several fundamental predictions from island biogeographic theory… CONTINUE READING

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