The evolution of host use and unusual reproductive strategies in Achrysocharoides parasitoid wasps.

@article{LopezVaamonde2005TheEO,
  title={The evolution of host use and unusual reproductive strategies in Achrysocharoides parasitoid wasps.},
  author={Carlos Lopez-Vaamonde and H Charles J Godfray and Stuart A. West and C. Fredrik Hansson and James M Cook},
  journal={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  year={2005},
  volume={18 4},
  pages={
          1029-41
        }
}
We studied host selection and exploitation, two crucial aspects of parasite ecology, in Achrysocharoides parasitoid wasps, which show remarkable host specificity and unusual offspring sex allocation. We estimated a molecular phylogeny of 15 Achrysocharoides species and compared this with host (plant and insect) phylogenies. This tri-trophic phylogenetic comparison provides no evidence for cospeciation, but parasitoids do show phylogenetic conservation of the use of plant genera. Patterns of… CONTINUE READING

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