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Title: Insect foliovory in mangroves
Authors: Kathiresan, K.
Keywords: Insect
Mangroves
Rhizophora
Avicennia
foliovory
herbivory
Issue Date: Sep-2003
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: The insects cause extensive damages to mangrove leaves. The damages are visibly seen as holes, galls, necrotic spots, and incursions occurring along leaf margins. The predominant insect species are leaf-mining moth (Phyllocnistis sp.), leaf gall species (Stephaniella falcaria, Monolepta sp.), caterpillars (Dasychira sp., Capua endocypha and Odites spp.) and scale insects (Aspidiotus destructor). Avicennia species suffer more leaf damage than do Rhizophora species. This correlates negatively with tannin concentration in the leaves.
Page(s): 237-239
ISSN: 0379-5136
Source:IJMS Vol.32(3) [September 2003]

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