Protection from herbivores varies among ant genera for the myrmecophilic plant Leea aculeata in Malaysian Borneo

Hannah F. Burger, Kamila Vondráčková, Mateusz Skłodowski, , Daisy H. Dent, Kevin Wallace & Tom M. Fayle
Some plants use food bodies to attract ants that then provide protection from herbivory. A brief report from 1898 describes the myrmecophilic plant Leea aculeata Bl. as bearing food bodies on its young shoots, which accumulate when they are not harvested by ants. However, ant efficacy in deterring herbivores and consequences for herbivory rates remain unknown. Here we investigate (1) which ant taxa patrol these plants and whether they remove significant numbers of food bodies,...
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