Vol 13 Num 4




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

Wagner Antonio Chiba de Castro

Federal University of São Carlos, UFSCar
Dep. Hydrobiology, P.O.Box 676, 13565-905 São Carlos, SP, Brazil
email: wagner.chiba@hotmail.com

Marcel Loyo Moitas

Federal University of São Carlos, UFSCar
Dep. Hydrobiology, P.O.Box 676, 13565-905 São Carlos, SP, Brazil
Gabriela Monteiro Lobato

Federal University of São Carlos, UFSCar
Dep. Hydrobiology, P.O.Box 676, 13565-905 São Carlos, SP, Brazil
Marcela Bianchessi da Cunha-Santino

Federal University of São Carlos, UFSCar
Dep. Hydrobiology, P.O.Box 676, 13565-905 São Carlos, SP, Brazil
Dalva Maria da Silva Matos

Federal University of São Carlos, UFSCar
Dep. Hydrobiology, P.O.Box 676, 13565-905 São Carlos, SP, Brazil

keywords
Butterfly ginger, aquatic weed, capybaras

publication date: 10-18-2013





Abstract
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.

how to quote this paper
Chiba, W. A. C.; Moitas, M. L.; Lobato, G. M.; Cunha-Santino, M. B. and Silva-Matos, D. M. First record of herbivory of the invasive macrophyte Hedychium  coronarium  J. König (Zingiberaceae). Biota Neotrop.  Oct/Dec 2013 vol. 13, no. 4 https://www.biotaneotropica.org.br/v13n4/en/abstract?short-communication+bn00913042013 ISSN 1676-0603.

Cited species
check for this species in other resources Hedychium  coronarium 



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