monophagous


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monophagous

[mə′näf·ə·gəs]
(zoology)
Subsisting on a single kind of food. Also known as monotrophic.
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Thus, polyphagous butterfly species could more easily adopt novel hosts and biotopes during range expansions when compared with monophagous species (Thomas et al.
The host-use pattern in tropical areas is that polyphagous tephritid species do not exploit hosts of monophagous tephritid species, and that the predominant Anastrepha species are polyphagous (Aluja et al.
Sequestration of allomones from plants by insects is not unusual, but normally associated with monophagous or oligophagous species.
The primarily monophagous nature and limited distribution of the 2 species of native Rhagoletis in the tropics and subtropics restrict the probability that treatments will be used against them.
femoratus adult suggest that this insect may be classified as monophagous, since phytochemical characteristics are common among species of Arecaceae (Asmussen et al.
Monophagous or oligophagous lepidopterans may be sensitive to the balance of nutrients and/ or the presence of specific feeding cues in their host plants or in an artificial diet (Gene & Nation 2004).
The larvae are monophagous (Weens & Nation 2003) and compelete their development in the mesocarp of the olive fruit.
conspurcatalis, that are essentially monophagous and lack a diapausing life stage, may be particularly susceptible to extinction in areas of incipient weed infestations where their host plant may be rare, particularly when stochastic factors such as frost can cause localized, albeit temporary, disappearance of host plant foliage (Grevstad 1999).
maidis are closely related, as would be expected for highly monophagous insect populations.
On the other hand, many stenophagous and monophagous tephritoid species are important as potential biological control agents for invading species of plants (Norrbom & McAlpine 1997), in the decomposition of fruits and cycling of nutrients in the food web, and as alternative hosts for the multiplication of parasitoids, which may reduce the populations of pest flies in orchards.
astronomus, have a wider host range than was first thought, and that, perhaps, only the northern populations of each of these species are monophagous.