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The high diversity of phytophagous insects has been explained by the tendency of the group towards specialization; however, generalism may be advantageous in some environments. The cerambycid Apagomerella versicolor exhibits intraspecific geographical variation in host use. In northern Argentina it is highly specialized on the herb Pluchea sagittalis (Asteraceae), while in central and southern areas it uses seven Asteraceae species. To study host species geographical variation from ecological and evolutionary perspectives, we investigated field host availability and use across a wide latitudinal range, and performed laboratory studies on insect oviposition preference and larval performance and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) variation in a phylogeographical framework. Geographic variation in host use was unrelated to host availability but was highly associated with laboratory oviposition preference, larval performance, and mtDNA variation. Genetic studies revealed three geographic races of A. versicolor with gene flow restriction and recent geographic expansion. Trophic generalism and oligophagy within A. versicolor seem to have evolved as adaptations to seasonal and spatial unavailability of the preferred host P. sagittalis in cooler areas of the species' geographic range. No single genotype is successful in all environments; specialization may be advantageous in environments with uniform temporal and spatial host availability, while being a trophic generalist may provide an adaptive advantage in host-constrained environments. © 2010 US Government.


Documento: Artículo
Título:Geographic host use variability and host range evolutionary dynamics in the phytophagous insect Apagomerella versicolor (Cerambycidae)
Autor:Logarzo, G.A.; Casalinuovo, M.A.; Piccinali, R.V.; Braun, K.; Hasson, E.
Filiación:United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, South American Biological Control Laboratory, Bolivar 1559 (1686), Hurlingham, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Departamento de Ecología, Genética y Evolución, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Universitaria Pab. II, (C1428EHA), Buenos Aires, Argentina
Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales Bernardino Rivadavia, Av. Angel Gallardo 470 (C1405DJR), Buenos Aires, Argentina
Agr Couns., ARS Lab, US Embassy-Buenos Aires, Unit 4325, APO AA 34034-0001, Buenos Aires, United States
Palabras clave:Herbivory; Host plant expansion; Host preference; Host use; Phytophagous evolution; mitochondrial DNA; beetle; evolutionarily stable strategy; gene flow; generalist; genotype; geographical variation; herb; herbivory; host preference; host range; host use; mitochondrial DNA; oviposition; phylogeography; specialization; animal; Argentina; article; beetle; egg laying; evolution; feeding behavior; food chain; genetics; growth, development and aging; larva; metabolism; phylogeny; physiology; plant; population dynamics; season; Animals; Argentina; Beetles; Biological Evolution; DNA, Mitochondrial; Feeding Behavior; Food Chain; Larva; Oviposition; Phylogeny; Plants; Population Dynamics; Seasons; Argentina; Asteraceae; Cerambycidae; Hexapoda; Pluchea sagittalis
Página de inicio:387
Página de fin:402
Título revista:Oecologia
Título revista abreviado:Oecologia
CAS:DNA, Mitochondrial


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Logarzo, G.A., Casalinuovo, M.A., Piccinali, R.V., Braun, K. & Hasson, E. (2011) . Geographic host use variability and host range evolutionary dynamics in the phytophagous insect Apagomerella versicolor (Cerambycidae). Oecologia, 165(2), 387-402.
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Logarzo, G.A., Casalinuovo, M.A., Piccinali, R.V., Braun, K., Hasson, E. "Geographic host use variability and host range evolutionary dynamics in the phytophagous insect Apagomerella versicolor (Cerambycidae)" . Oecologia 165, no. 2 (2011) : 387-402.
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Logarzo, G.A., Casalinuovo, M.A., Piccinali, R.V., Braun, K., Hasson, E. "Geographic host use variability and host range evolutionary dynamics in the phytophagous insect Apagomerella versicolor (Cerambycidae)" . Oecologia, vol. 165, no. 2, 2011, pp. 387-402.
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Logarzo, G.A., Casalinuovo, M.A., Piccinali, R.V., Braun, K., Hasson, E. Geographic host use variability and host range evolutionary dynamics in the phytophagous insect Apagomerella versicolor (Cerambycidae). Oecologia. 2011;165(2):387-402.