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First record of herbivory of the invasive macrophyte Hedychium coronarium J. König (Zingiberaceae)

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Wagner Antonio Chiba de Castro [1, 2] ; Marcel Loyo Moitas [1, 2] ; Gabriela Monteiro Lobato [1] ; Marcela Bianchessi da Cunha-Santino [1, 2] ; Dalva Maria da Silva Matos [1, 2]
Total Authors: 5
[1] Fed Univ Sao Carlos UFSCar, Dept Hydrobiol, BR-13565905 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[2] Fed Univ Sao Carlos UFSCar, Grad Program Ecol & Nat Resources, BR-13565905 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: Biota Neotropica; v. 13, n. 4, p. 368-370, 2013-12-00.

Invasive species can cause structural and functional changes in their non-native habitats, such as changes in the trophic chain. We describe ramet herbivory of butterfly ginger, an aggressive aquatic weed in Brazil, by capybaras in a floodplain area of a Cerrado reserve. This is the first record of herbivory of H. coronarium in invaded areas. Capybaras could be using the butterfly ginger as habitat and as a food resource, which could cause changes in apparent competition between these invasive and native macrophytes. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 12/09485-4 - Ecology of invasive Hedychium coronarium J. Köenig (Zingiberaceae)
Grantee:Wagner Antonio Chiba de Castro
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate