EATING OUT OR DINING IN: INSECT-PLANT INTERACTIONS AMONG SEVERAL SPECIES OF PIPER IN THE RIO ABAJO FOREST PRESERVE, PUERTO RICO
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Keywords

Piperaceae
Pollination
Syrphidae
Ant-plant interaction
Formicidae

How to Cite

Wisniewski, C., Bornstein, A., & Wood, D. (2019). EATING OUT OR DINING IN: INSECT-PLANT INTERACTIONS AMONG SEVERAL SPECIES OF PIPER IN THE RIO ABAJO FOREST PRESERVE, PUERTO RICO. Selbyana, 33(1), 1-15. Retrieved from https://journals.flvc.org/selbyana/article/view/115595

Abstract

Pollination activity was investigated for Piper glabrescens, Piper hispidum, Piper jacquemontianum, and Piper umbellatum, common species in the Rio Abajo Forest Preserve in Puerto Rico. During observation periods, the main floral visitors were syrphid and drosophilid flies, which suggests they play a prominent role as potential pollen vectors for these four species. In addition, two ant species (Linepithema iniquum and Wasmannia auropunctata) were observed to nest in the stems of three Piper species (Piper abajoense, Piper aduncum, and Piper umbellatum). In the case of Piper umbellatum, this interaction is the first documentation of an ant-plant association in Piper section Pothomorphe.

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