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Oecologia (2004) 140: 321327 DOI 10.1007/s00442-004-1584-5
 

Summary: Oecologia (2004) 140: 321327
DOI 10.1007/s00442-004-1584-5
PLANT ANIMAL INTERACTIONS
David M. Althoff . Kari A. Segraves . Jed P. Sparks
Characterizing the interaction between the bogus yucca moth
and yuccas: do bogus yucca moths impact yucca reproductive
success?
Received: 11 November 2003 / Accepted: 7 April 2004 / Published online: 29 May 2004
# Springer-Verlag 2004
Abstract Yucca moths are most well known for their
obligate pollination mutualism with yuccas, where polli-
nator moths provide yuccas with pollen and, in exchange,
the moth larvae feed on a subset of the developing yucca
seeds. The pollinators, however, comprise only two of the
three genera of yucca moths. Members of the third genus,
Prodoxus, are the "bogus yucca moths" and are sister to
the pollinator moths. Adult Prodoxus lack the specialized
mouthparts used for pollination and the larvae feed on
plant tissues other than seeds. Prodoxus larvae feed within
the same plants as pollinator larvae and have the potential

  

Source: Althoff, David M. - Department of Biology, Syracuse University
Segraves, Kari A. - Department of Biology, Syracuse University

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology