Montag, 9. Juli 2012

Insect-plant interaction in the Madygen forest

Philippe Moisan, who defended his Ph.D. thesis on floral remains from the Madygen Formation earlier this year, is main author of a recently published paper on ovipostion damage:

Moisan, P., C. C. Labandeira, N. A. Matushkina, T. Wappler, S. Voigt, and H. Kerp (2012): Lycopsid–arthropod associations and odonatopteran oviposition on Triassic herbaceous Isoetites. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 344–345: 6–15. [Link to abstract]

Describes an oviposition damage pattern typical for dragonflies on the quillwort Isoetites which is an unusual thing because lycopsids were not yet known to be hosts of dragonfly egg-laying.