Low host specificity of herbivorous insects in a tropical forest

  title={Low host specificity of herbivorous insects in a tropical forest},
  author={V. Novotn{\'y} and Y. Basset and S. Miller and George D. Weiblen and B. Bremer and L. {\vC}{\'i}{\vz}ek and P. Drozd},
  • V. Novotný, Y. Basset, +4 authors P. Drozd
  • Published 2002
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Two decades of research have not established whether tropical insect herbivores are dominated by specialists or generalists. This impedes our understanding of species coexistence in diverse rainforest communities. Host specificity and species richness of tropical insects are also key parameters in mapping global patterns of biodiversity. Here we analyse data for over 900 herbivorous species feeding on 51 plant species in New Guinea and show that most herbivorous species feed on several closely… CONTINUE READING
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