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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
Publication Type: Article
Article Topic(s): Disturbance, Pollination
Research Setting(s): Cedar Glades
Species Referenced: Yucca filamentosa (Adam's needle),
AbstractStudies 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 CitationD. 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.