Pseudocopulation of an orchid by male ants: a test of two hypotheses accounting for the rarity of ant pollination

@article{Peakall1987PseudocopulationOA,
  title={Pseudocopulation of an orchid by male ants: a test of two hypotheses accounting for the rarity of ant pollination},
  author={Rod Peakall and Andrew James Beattie and Sidney H. James},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1987},
  volume={73},
  pages={522-524}
}
SummaryThe orchid Leporella fimbriata is pollinated by pseudocopulation with winged males of the ant Myrmecia urens. This recently studied interaction provides a unique opportunity to examine the two current hypotheses concerning the apparent rarity of ant pollination systems worldwide. The first hypothesis requires a series of specialized growth forms and floral characteristics regarded as adaptations to ant pollination. L. fimbriata does not possess them. The second considers the pollenicidal… CONTINUE READING

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