Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
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Edited By: John A. Allen
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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 27/46 (Evolutionary Biology)
Online ISSN: 1095-8312
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Editor's Choice - February 2015
We highlight a plant-animal interaction reported in the February 2015 issue. Adrian Barnett and co-workers from the UK, USA and Brazil, studied predation by parrots and mammals on the fruit of a South American tree, Macrolobium acaciifolium, of which two-thirds are inhabited by an ant, Pseudomyrmex viduus, which feeds on the sugary secretions of bugs that they rear within the tree’s branches. Through careful observations and measurements the authors were able to show that fruit predation (and to an extent visitation rates) was reduced appreciably when ants were present. In short, not only does the ant benefit from the shelter provided by the tree, but the tree benefits because the presence of ants appears to repel would-be predators. This appears to be the first time that such an effect has been shown for parrots. Read more
News and Media Coverage
Research published in the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society :
The flexible lek: Phymatopus hecta the gold swift demonstrates the evolution of leking and male swarming via a hotspot (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) has been covered by National Geographic: Bug Kama Sutra: Flexible Moth Evolved Many Ways to Mate.
Colour change and camouflage in the horned ghost crab Ocypode ceratophthalmus has been covered by BBC Nature News: Horned ghost crabs change camouflage from day to night.
Body size variation and caste ratios in geographically distinct populations of the invasive big-headed ant, Pheidole megacephala (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) has been covered in The Washington Post: These ants grow bigger when they’ve got something to prove.
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