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Record number 353322
Title Reproductive isolation between populations from Northern and Central Europe of the leaf beetle Chrysomela lapponica L.
Author(s) Fatouros, N.E.; Hilker, M.; Gross, J.
Source Chemoecology 16 (2006)4. - ISSN 0937-7409 - p. 241 - 251.
Department(s) Laboratory of Entomology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2006
Keyword(s) phratora-vitellinae coleoptera - insect plant interactions - host-plant - galerucella-nymphaeae - defensive secretion - chemical defense - antimicrobial activity - chemotaxonomic survey - adalia-bipunctata - life-history
Abstract Allopatric populations of the leaf beetle Chrysomela lapponica are known to feed upon either willow (Salicaceae) or birch (Betulaceae). This study aimed to elucidate the differentiation process of these allopatric populations. We investigated whether these allopatric populations specialized on different host plants are still able to produce fertile offspring when interbreeding. Individuals from a population in Finland (willow specialists) and one in the Czech Republic (birch specialists) were crossed in laboratory. Hybrid formation succeeded only between females from the Czech, birch specialized population and males from the Finnish, willow specialized population, while no eggs were produced by females of the willow specialists having mated males of the birch specialists. Behavioral, morphological, physiological, and chemical features of the F1 hybrids were studied. The chemical composition of larval defensive secretion and feeding preferences of the resulting F1 hybrids mainly showed similarities with the paternal phenotype, while the area of black coloring on the offspring¿s elytra was intermediate between those of the parental elytra. F1 hybrids did not accept the host plant (birch) of their mothers for feeding and only survived on willow. Thus, since mothers only lay eggs on birch, we found evidence for a postzygotic isolation mechanism between the individuals of the two investigated populations: when having been mated with willow specialized Finnish males, the birch specialized Czech mothers place the hybrid eggs on a plant species (birch), on which the hatching larvae cannot survive.
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