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Coexistence of mutualists and antagonists: exploring the impact of cheaters on the yucca - yucca moth mutualism

Author(s): D. L. Marr, M. T. Brock and O. Pellmyr

Month: Aug
Year: 2001

Publication Type: Article
Journal: Oecologia
Volume: 128
Issue: 3
Pages: 454-463

Article Topic(s): Disturbance, Pollination
Research Setting(s): Cedar Glades

Species Referenced: Yucca filamentosa (Adam's needle),

Abstract

Studies the relationship between larvae of the cheater moth, Tegeticula intermedia, and the true pollinator moth, T. yuccasella, in fruits of the host plant Yucca filamentosa in Tennessee. Both moth species lay eggs in the fruit of Y. filamentosa but only the true pollinator moth serves as a pollinator. The cheater moth did not seem to affect the true pollinator moth, although there may have been greater seed costs to Y. filamentosa. Results indicate that the two moth species can coexist.

Suggested Citation

D. L. Marr, M. T. Brock and O. Pellmyr. "Coexistence of mutualists and antagonists: exploring the impact of cheaters on the yucca - yucca moth mutualism." Oecologia 128.3 (2001): 454-463.

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ISSN: 0029-8549
DOI: 10.1007/S004420100669

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