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Molecular genetic analysis and ecological evidence reveals multiple cryptic species among thynnine wasp pollinators of sexually deceptive orchids

Griffiths, Kathleen; Trueman, John; Brown, Graham; Peakall, Rodney

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Sexually deceptive Chiloglottis orchids lure their male thynnine wasp pollinators to the flower by emitting semiochemicals that mimic the specific sex pheromone of the wasp. Sexual deception is possible because chemical rather than visual cues play the key role in wasp mate search, suggesting that cryptic wasp species may be frequent. We investigated this prospect among Neozeleboria wasp pollinators of Chiloglottis orchids, drawing on evidence from molecular phylogenetic analysis at three genes...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/66348
Source: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2011.02.004

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