Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-11860
Vereecken, N J; Schiestl, F P (2008). The evolution of imperfect floral mimicry. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 105(21):7484-7488.
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The theory of mimicry predicts that selection favors signal refinement in mimics to optimally match the signals released by their specific model species. We provide here chemical and behavioral evidence that a sexually deceptive orchid benefits from its mimetic imperfection to its co-occurring and specific bee model by triggering a stronger response in male bees, which react more intensively to the similar, but novel, scent stimulus provided by the orchid.
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Systematic Botany and Botanical Gardens|
|DDC:||580 Plants (Botany)|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||floral odor, pollination, sex pheromone, signal evolution|
|Deposited On:||29 Jan 2009 16:55|
|Last Modified:||27 Nov 2013 18:27|
|Publisher:||National Academy of Sciences|
|Additional Information:||Copyright: National Academy of Sciences USA|
|Citations:||Web of Science®. Times Cited: 42|
Scopus®. Citation Count: 42
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