Beyond neutral and forbidden links: morphological matches and the assembly of mutualistic hawkmoth–plant networks
Federico D. Sazatornil, Marcela Moré, Santiago Benitez-Vieyra, Andrea A. Cocucci, Ian J. Kitching, Boris O. Schlumpberger, Paulo E. Oliveira, Marlies Sazima and Felipe W. Amorim
Article first published online: 4 APR 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12509
The authors assessed whether hawkmoths more frequently visit plants with floral tube lengths similar to their proboscis lengths beyond abundance-based processes and ecological trait mismatches constraints. The findings highlight the importance of morphological traits matching, revealing that the role of niche-based processes can be much more complex than previously known.