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Type: Capítulo de livro
Title: Twig-girdler Beetles Of The Atlantic Rainforest
Abstract: Cerambycids constitute one of the most diverse groups of insects in the world, with approximately 35,000 described species. They are commonly cited as models in several areas of Entomology, especially regarding their interactions with host plants and their economic impacts on agriculture. Females of the tribe Onciderini (Cerambycidae: Lamiinae) are twig-girdlers. They cut the branches of healthy plants, perforate the bark and insert their eggs. Usually, the branch falls to the ground and larvae develop inside the branch on the forest floor. Although some information is available for non tropical species, the biology of twig-girdler beetles and their influence on the floral communities in the neotropics remains largely unknown. This chapter will cover the current available data on the diversity of twig-girdler beetles (Onciderini) of the Atlantic rainforest of Brazil, with special emphasis on community composition, population dynamics, host plants range and ecological interactions. The first two sections are an introduction of this chapter and description of the study site. The third section will focus on diversity and host-plant preference. The community structure and the phenology will be also presented in this sections. In the fourth section the authors will discourse on the effects of twig-girdler beetles on host-plants population dynamics and community structure in their natural habitats. In the fifth and final section the authors will discuss the host utilization and microhabitat specialization of these beetles. © 2015 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
Editor: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Rights: fechado
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Date Issue: 2015
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