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Mutualisms and Insect Conservation


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Table of Contents

Part 1. The Meaning and Dynamics of Mutualisms 1 The Scope and Meaning of Mutualisms

1.1 Introduction


2 Mechanisms and Maintenance 2.1 Coextinction and Coevolution: Ecological Specialisation

2.2 Stability and Integration of Mutualisms

2.3 Wider Community Stability


Part 2. Lessons from Classic Mutualisms 3 Classic Themes: Pollination Mutualisms of Insects and Plants

3.1 Introduction: Pollination Systems

3.2 Obligate Pollination Mutualisms

3.2.1 Figs and Fig-wasps

3.2.2 Yuccas and Yucca-moths

3.2.3 Other Examples

3.3 Nursery Pollination

3.4 Broader Perspective


4 Classic Themes: Ants, Plants and Fungi

4.1 Introduction to Ant-Plant Interactions

4.2 Extrafloral Nectaries

4.3 Food Bodies and Domatia

4.4 Ant Epiphytes

4.5 Ant Gardens

4.6 Myrmecocochory

4.7 Ants, Plants and Fungi


5 Classic Themes: Ants and Other Insects. Hemiptera

5.1 Introduction: Trophobiotic Associations

5.2 Ant-Hemiptera Mutualisms


6 Classic Themes: Ants and Other Insects. Lepidoptera 6.1 Introduction: Ants and Lycaenid Butterflies

6.2 Myrmecophily


7 Classic Themes: Other Insect Mutualisms

7.1 Introduction: the Remaining Variety

7.2 Termites and Fungi

7.3 Beetles and Fungi

7.4 Mullerian Mimicry


Part 3. Environmental Impacts and Insect Conservation: Lessons from Mutualisms 8 Impacts of Alien Invasive Species 8.1 Introduction

8.2 Impacts on Mutualisms


9 Exploiters of Mutualisms 9.1 Introduction: the Roles of Additional Species

9.2 Exploiters and Cheaters

9.3 Protection from Over-exploitation

9.4 Changed Communities

9.5 Nectar and Pollen Robbers

9.6 Defences against Exploitation


10 Habitat Losses and Conservation of Mutualisms

10.1 Introduction: Mutualisms in Practical Conservation

10.2 Mutualisms and Disturbance

10.3 Community Contexts

10.4 Fragmentation and Loss of Habitats

10.5 Climate change

10.6 Re-Introductions

10.7 Prospects


About the Author

Emeritus Professor Tim New is an entomologist with broad interests in insect systematics, ecology and conservation. For long based at LaTrobe University, Melbourne, he has traveled widely to collect and study insects in many parts of the world, and his extensive publications on these topics include about 45 books. He is recognized globally as one of the leading advocates for insect conservation.

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