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The cost of being an omnivore: mandible wear from plant feeding in a true bug.

Abstract:

Evolutionary and ecological transitions from carnivorous to omnivorous feeding may be constrained by the ability of the animal to cope with disparate types of foods, even if preadaptations for such behaviour exist. The omnivorous true bug, Dicyphus hesperus (Hemiptera: Miridae) requires both animals (small, soft-bodied insects) and plants in its diet and obtains the majority of its dietary and metabolic water from plant feeding. Serrations on the lateral margins of the mandibular stylets wear...

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10.1007/s00114-005-0013-x

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Roitberg, BD More by this author
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Jenner, WH More by this author
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Journal:
Die Naturwissenschaften
Volume:
92
Issue:
9
Pages:
431-434
Publication date:
2005-09-05
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EISSN:
1432-1904
ISSN:
0028-1042
URN:
uuid:7b3fe80d-f6b2-401f-b55c-c2b4c1051cb8
Source identifiers:
420381
Local pid:
pubs:420381

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