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

@article{Peakall2004PseudocopulationOA,
  title={Pseudocopulation of an orchid by male ants: a test of two hypotheses accounting for the rarity of ant pollination},
  author={R. Peakall and A. Beattie and S. H. James},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2004},
  volume={73},
  pages={522-524}
}
  • R. Peakall, A. Beattie, S. H. James
  • Published 2004
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Oecologia
  • 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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