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Insect herbivores associated with Baccharis dracunculifolia (Asteraceae): responses of gall-forming and free-feeding insects to latitudinal variation.

Latitudinal variations in species diversity are among the most conspicuous and universal patterns in community ecology (Pianka 1966). According Willig et al. (2003), just with notable exceptions, the pattern of higher diversity at low latitudes holds true regardless of the biota's taxonomic affiliation (e.g., mammals, fishes, arthropods and plants), geographic context (e.g., all continents and oceans) or time domain (recent and 70 Mya). Explanations for higher species diversity in tropical regions include greater predation and competitive pressures, greater climatic stability, larger area extent, higher energy input and greater habitat heterogeneity in tropical regions than elsewhere (Shepherd 1998, Rohde 1998, Hillebrand 2004). Still, there is an astonishing lack of consensus about the mechanisms leading to this spatial variation in diversity (Hillebrand 2004) and recent study has invoked niche conservatism (Buckley et al. 2010) or habitat heterogeneity (Whitehouse et al. 2009) to explain the increase of diversity towards the tropics.

In this paper the focus is on the spatial heterogeneity hypothesis, and the study objects are different insect herbivore guilds associated with a single host plant. On the local scale, the spatial heterogeneity hypothesis suggests that the tropics are more diverse because they contain more microhabitats (Pianka 1966). On a regional scale, this hypothesis has been proposed to explain the increase of species diversity from the poles to the tropics: the tropics are more diverse because they contain more habitats and microhabitats (Dawidowitz & Rosenzweigh 1998). This greater number of habitats and microhabitats allows taxa to partition the environment more finely, and more species to co-exist in the tropics (Pianka 1966). A positive relationship between habitat complexity and species diversity has been shown in a variety of environments and for a large number of taxa (Otte 1976, Terborgh 1992, Gaston & Williams 1996, Ribeiro et al. 1998, Thomaz et al. 2008). On the other hand, as a corollary, the spatial heterogeneity hypothesis also implies that, within structurally uniform environments, species diversity should not change along a latitudinal gradient.

The most species alive are tropical arthropods associated with plants (Price et al. 1995). Herbivorous arthropods maintain many important ecosystem processes and form sizeable parts of terrestrial food webs (Lewinsohn & Roslin 2008). In fact, in terms of biomass, insects in tropical forests constitute several tons per hectare compared to a few kilograms per hectare for birds and mammals. Moreover, insects in the tropics munch through an estimated 680 kg/ha.y of leaves compared to 100 to 300 kg/ha.y of leaves by vertebrates (Dajoz 2000). Herbivorous insects are composed of various feeding guilds (e.g. free-feeding and galling insects), with different specialization levels on their host plant and habitat (Koricheva et. al. 1998, Novotny & Basset 2005). In fact, comparatively to free-feeding insects, galling insects generally are considered more specialized herbivores (Frenzel & Brandl 1998). Thus, it is probable that, when the insect fauna associated with single host plant is analyzed, free-feeding insects (generally with more oligophagous feeding habit) are more dependent on habitat characteristics, while galling insects respond more finely to specific host plant attributes (Koricheva et al. 1998, Golden & Crist 1999).

Despite the high diversity of insect herbivores in the tropics, few studies have adequately addressed the influence of historical and biogeographical processes on species richness patterns of tropical insect herbivores (Price et al. 1995, Ribeiro et al. 1998, Majer et al. 2001). Moreover, many insect taxa as aphids (Dixon et al. 1987), Ichneumonidae (Sime & Brower 1998) and gall-forming insects (Fernandes & Price 1988) do not fit the general pattern of increasing species richness with decreasing latitude. Evolutionary explanations to these latitudinal diversity anomalies have focused on either variation in rates of diversification or the amount of time available for speciation within a region (Buckley et al. 2010). While some studies include herbivores from several insect orders, studies of more than one guild on the same hosts are lacking from tropical regions (Novotny & Basset 2005). In this study the prediction of spatial heterogeneity hypothesis was tested by evaluating the variation in diversity of two guilds of insect herbivores (galling and free-feeding) along the distributional limits of the host plant, near the Brazilian sea coast. The data were collected within homogeneous habitat and the arthropod sampled was associated with the host plant Baccharis dracunculifolia.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

Study system: The Asteraceae comprises approximately 1 110 genera and 25 000 species. The genus Baccharis belongs to the subtribe Baccharidinae, which is restricted to the American Continent (Barroso 1976). The Baccharidinae probably appeared during Middle Miocene (Boldt 1989) when South American and African continents were totally separated by the Atlantic Ocean (Cox & Moore 1993), justifying its natural occurrence just in the American continent. Baccharis is the largest genus of Baccharidinae (approximately 400 species) and most species are found in the South and Southeast regions of Brazil, suggesting that this region represent the center of the genus origin (Jarvis et al. 1991). B. dracunculifolia (alecrim vassourinha) is a widespread, perennial and woody dioecious shrub, 2-3m high, which occurs in Southern and Southeastern Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia (Espirito-Santo et al. 2003, Fagundes et al. 2005). It grows in open and disturbed habitats, especially along highways and in abandoned pastures. Because it is an evergreen plant, its leaves and branches are important food resources for a variety of insect herbivores, especially coleopterans, heteropterans, hemipterans and orthopterans (Fagundes et al. 2005). Furthermore, the shrub B. dracunculifolia also supports the largest known fauna of galling insects (17 species) in the Neotropics (Fernandes et al. 1996). The degree of habitat disturbance did not influence the richness of galls associated with the host plant B. dracunculifolia (Juliao et al. 2005).

Study areas: The B. dracunculifolia shrubs selected for insect samples belonged to seventeen populations located along the Brazilian sea coast, from the Southern to the Northern distributional limit of the host plant inside Brazil. All plant populations occurred in disturbed environments along highways, within 500m of the seashore and were similar in phenology, size and density. The climate of all the seventeen sample points is broadly influenced by Atlantic Ocean air mass. However, from Northern Sao Paulo State through Rio de Janeiro, Espirito Santo and Bahia States the climate is moist tropical (Af according Koppen classification). In contrast, from Southern Sao Paulo State through Parana, Santa Catarina e Rio Grande do Sul States the climate is classified as subtropical (Cfa according Koppen classification). All selected host plant populations were located at similar altitude (06-130m) and were grown on typical seashore sand soil with high levels of moisture and salinity (Table 1, Fig. 1). The surrounding vegetation ranged from 0.3 to 2.0m height and was comprised by grasses and other invasive species belonging principally to the Asteraceae, Convolvulaceae, Malvaceae, Melastomataceae and Solanaceae botanical families. At each host plant population, thirty B. dracunculifolia shrubs were selected to take herbivores samples. The shrubs selected for this were young, non-flowering or fruiting plants with 1.5-2.0m high and stem diameters <15cm.

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Herbivore samples: Herbivore insects associated with B. dracunculifolia were censuses by direct sampling on the host plant. Thus, each shrub was inspected during ten minutes and all free-feeding herbivore insects and galls observed were handling collected. The herbivores were sampled during the summer season (October of 2001 through January of 2002) in order to minimize the possible effects of climate variation in insect population dynamics. All galling and free feeding herbivore insect samples were taken to the Laboratorio de Biologia da conservacao at Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros (Unimontes) where they were assigned into morphospecies and identified. We fail to test the insect ability to feed on B. dracunculifolia. Therefore, potentially transient insect herbivores could have been included in data collection and analysis.

The effects of latitudinal variation on the two guilds of insect herbivores were tested using simple linear regressions. For each guild, linear regression analyses were performed using latitudinal variation as the independent variable and the Hill's number of diversity (N0, N1 and N2) or evenness as dependent variable. The Hill's number of diversity N0, N1 and N2 represent, respectively, the total number of species (richness), number of abundant species, and number of very abundant species within a species assemblage. Thus, the unity of Hill's numbers is species, making easy data interpretation and comparisons with other results. The number of abundant species (N1) represent the exponential function of Shannon's index (N1=[e.sup.H']), while the number of very abundant species (N2) is the inverse of Simpson's index (N2=1/S). In addition, evenness was determined by the ratio of very abundant species (N2) to abundant species (N1), known as the modified Hill's ratio. See Ludwig & Reynolds (1998) for a detailed description of this diversity index and evenness.

RESULTS

General patterns: A total of 8 201 galls and 864 free-feeding insect herbivores were collected from B. dracunculifolia at the seventeen sample points. The fauna of herbivorous insects associated with B. dracunculifolia was composed by 88 species from 28 families. The insect families with more species were Chrysomelidae (12 species), Curculionidae (12 species), Acrididae (7 species) and Cecidomyiidae (7 species). In general, free-feeding herbivore abundance and frequency were low, but an unidentified species of Scolytidae deserve further studies due to their high abundance and frequency in the samples. This species was commonly observed feeding on meristems and new leaves of host plant (Appendix).

The guild of free-feeding insects represented 90.99% of total insect herbivore species associated with B. dracunculifolia, while gall-forming contributed with 9.01% of the sampled species. On the other hand, gall-forming insects represented the most abundant feeding guild (90.48%), whereas free-feeding insects represented just 9.52% of total herbivore insect abundance. In general, the richness of insects per sample site (local richness) was low (mean=14.47, range: 09-23) when compared to total richness (regional richness=88), indicating high species substitution among sample sites. This observed pattern was due mainly to free-feeding, rather than gall-forming insects (Appendix).

Latitudinal gradient hypothesis: The number of gall-inducing insect species associated with B. dracunculifolia decreased significantly towards the North, low latitude, limit of the host plant distribution (F = 31.563, p = 0.007, [r.sup.2] = 67.78). However, the number of abundant species (F=1.469, p=0.245, [r.sup.2] = 9.49), very abundant species (F = 2.289, p = 0.152, [r.sup.2] = 14.05) and evenness (F = 0.234, p = 0.636, [r.sup.2] = 1.642) did not vary significantly along the latitudinal gradient (Fig. 2). When free-feeding insect herbivores were analyzed, none of the measures of species diversity (specie richness: F = 1.988, p = 0.179, [r.sup.2] = 11.70; number of abundant species: F = 0.372, p = 0.551, [r.sup.2] = 2.42; number of very abundant species: F = 0.005, p = 0.944, [r.sup.2] = 0.34 and evenness: F = 0.234, p = 0.636, [r.sup.2] = 1.64) were significantly related to variations in latitude (Fig. 3).

DISCUSSION

The number of gall-inducing insect species associated with Baccharis dracunculifolia decreased towards the equator. The observed result did not fit the more common pattern of increasing species diversity as latitude decreases (Willig et al. 2003, Lewinsohn & Roslin 2008). Factors such as geographic distribution, center of origin, taxonomic isolation and local diversity of the host plants have been used to justify the absence of correlation between species diversity of other insect herbivores and latitudinal variations (Cornell 1985, Leather 1986, Lewinsohn & Roslin 2008). We argue that our results are related to the evolutionary history of the host plant and the highly specialized feeding habit of gall-inducing insects. The genus Baccharis is more species-rich in the Southern region of Brazil, that probably corresponds to the genus origin center (Jarvis et al. 1991). Moreover, given the narrow host plant requirements of gall-inducing insects, it would be expected that exchange of gall-inducing insect species between closely related plant species would be easier than exchange between more distantly related plant species (Lawton & Schroder 1977, Leather 1986). Thus, it is possible that the galling insect associated with Baccharis genus radiated into the Southern region of Brazil, justifying the decrease of galling insect richness towards the North, limit of host plant observed in this study.

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Species' ranges may be constrained by both climatic tolerances and barriers to dispersal (e.g. mountains and rivers). In the former case, species can disperse to a new habitat but fail to become established, whereas in the latter case species might never have opportunity to reach the new habitat even though they have attributes needed to persist there (Buckley et al. 2010). In this study, physical barriers are uncommon among the sample sites, but the temperature results higher in Northern regions. Thereby, climatic intolerances should represent a constraint to some galling species establishment in the extreme Northern limit of host plant which would generate the observed pattern of high gall richness in the Southern region. In fact, recent studies indicate that climatic specialization and retention of climatic tolerances over time (niche conservatism hypothesis) might drive species distributions in space (Buckley et al. 2010, Kozak & Wiens 2010). However, adequate experimental design is need to test the effectiveness of niche conservatism to determine the regional distribution of galling species associated with B. dracunculifolia.

The variation in latitude did not influence the richness of free-feeding insect herbivores associated with B. dracunculifolia. This result supports the spatial heterogeneity hypothesis prediction because species richness should not change within structurally similar habitats along a latitudinal gradient. However, Dawidowitz & Rosenzweigh (1998) present four examples (ants, grasshopper, scorpions and mammals) where diversity trends within single biome types change along the latitudinal variation. In contrast, no significant correlations were found between the proportion of mining species and latitude (Sinclair & Hughes 2008). The authors argument that leaf mining is a widespread type of insect herbivore whose distribution patterns are more likely to be influenced by biotic than abiotic factors. Similarly, Andrew & Hughes (2005) found no consistent North to South (tropical to temperate) change in arthropod community structure associated with Acacia trees in Eastern Australia. The findings suggest that different mechanisms operate for different taxa and that it is not wise to generalize the effects of latitude on species diversity across taxa.

Despite of different patterns of species richness observed for gall-inducing and free feeding insects, neither the diversity indices represented by Hill's number N1 and N2 or evenness of these two guilds were related to latitudinal variation. These patterns suggest that even though species composition and richness can vary among habitats, there is a general structure to the herbivore community associated with B. dracunculifolia (Fagundes et al. 1996, Andrew & Hughes 2005). In fact, there are strong evidences that bottom-up (Faria & Fernandes 2001, Espirito-Santo & Fernandes 2002) and top-down (Fagundes et al. 2005) forces operating in the system can influence the relative abundance of insect herbivores on B. dracunculifolia and regulate diversity at the local level.

The majority of tropical insect herbivores are relatively rare (Price et al. 1995). Generally, just a few groups of insect herbivores with specialized feeding habits, such as some macrolepidoptera (Price et al. 1995), Homoptera (Dansa & Rocha 1992) and galling insects (Fernandes et al. 1996), can be found predictably and at high densities on specific host plants in tropical regions. However, the composition of herbivorous families observed in this study corroborates the general insect composition patterns described in other tropical areas. Usually, Chrysomelidae and Curculionidae are folivores recurrently important components of free-feeding insect communities (Kitching et al. 1997, Basset 2001, Neves et al. 2010), while Cecidomyiidae is dominant among the galling insects (Carneiro et al. 2009).

The general pattern of low density and frequency, specially observed in free-feeding insect guild, probably may be related to high plant diversity and the more polyphagous feeding habits of these insects in the tropics (Strong et al. 1984, Lawton 1991, Lewinsohn & Roslin 2008). The majority of insect herbivores, especially free-feeding insects found associated with B. dracunculifolia, showed low population density and frequency. Low density could be associated with generalist habits of herbivores permitting migration to a variety of host plants, while low species frequency indicates high variation in insect fauna between sample sites. In fact, the majority of the insects found on B. dracunculifolia were restricted to a specific site rather than having a geographic distribution mirroring that of the host plant.

The variation in insect fauna among habitats is determined by their host specificity, interactions with natural enemies and their ability to follow host plant species in space and time and across different environments (Novotny 2009). Thus, it is probable that local events, such as biological interactions, regulate the population dynamics of herbivores associated with B. dracunculifolia. In contrast, the insect fauna collected at each sample site represent just a portion of the local pool of insect herbivores capable of colonizing B. dracunculifolia. Thereby, the insect fauna sample from each site, resulted of large scale events, as speciation, migration and co-evolution, while at local level, the population of these insects is regulated by ecological forces which operate in the system. Understanding the core of the relative role of ecological and evolutionary processes will be essential to predict general community structure, and advance in new strategies for insect conservation (Perry et al. 1998, Lawes et al. 2000).
APPENDIX

Composition, abundance and richness of insect herbivores associated
with Baccharis dracunculifolia at the seventeen sampling sites, along
the N-S distributional limits of the host plant, in the Brazilian
sea coast (F = free-feeding and G = galling insects)

Taxonomic group                 Feed          Sample points
                                guild

                                        S1    S2   S3    S4    S5

Diptera
  Cecidomyiidae
    Cecidomyiidae sp. 1           G      8         78    201   10
    Cecidomyiidae sp. 2           G      1                2    71
    Cecidomyiidae sp. 3           G
    Cecidomyiidae sp. 4           G                11
    Aspondila sp.                 G      1    6                 9
    Geraldesia sp.                G
    Rhoasphondylia                G
    friburguensis
Heteroptera
  Alydidae
    Alydidae sp. 1                F
  Coreidae
    Coreidae sp. 1                F      1
    Coreidae sp. 2                F           1
    Leptoglossus sp.              F
  Lygaeidae
    Lygaeidae sp. 1               F
    Lygaeidae sp. 2               F                       1
  Myridae
    Myridae sp. 1                 F           1
    Myridae sp. 2                 F                       1
    Myridae sp. 3                 F
    Myridae sp. 4                 F
Pentatomidae
  Pentatomidae sp. 1              F
  Pentatomidae sp. 2              F
Homoptera
  Acanalonidae
  Acanalonidae sp. 1              F
Cercopidae
  Cercopidae sp. 1                F      5               12
  Cercopidae sp. 2                F
  Cercopidae sp. 3                F
Cicadellidae
  Cicadellidae sp. 1              F                 1
  Cicadellidae sp. 2              F
  Cicadellidae sp. 3              F
  Cicadellidae sp. 4              F
  Cicadellidae sp. 5              F      1
  Cicadellidae sp. 6              F
Cicadidae
  Cicadidae sp. 1                 F     16
Cixiidae
  Cixiidae sp. 1                  F
Membracidae
  Membracidae sp. 1               F     115   2     8
  Membracidae sp. 2               F      7
  Endrenopa sp.                   F
Psyllidae
  Neopelma bacccharidis           G                      247   357
Coleoptera
  Alleculidae
    Alleculidae sp. 1             F           1     4           1
    Alleculidae sp. 2             F
Bruchidae
  Bruchidae sp. 1                 F
  Bruchidae sp. 2                 F
  Bruchidae sp. 3                 F
Buprestidae
  Buprestidae sp. 1               F
  Buprestidae sp. 2               F                 1           1
Cantharidae
  Cantharidae sp. 1               F
Cerambicydae
  Cerambicydae sp. 1              F
  Cerambicydae sp. 2              F
  Cerambicydae sp. 3              F
Crysomelidae
  Crysomelidae sp. 1              F      3
  Crysomelidae sp. 2              F
  Crysomelidae sp. 3              F      1
  Crysomelidae sp. 4              F      1    1
  Crysomelidae sp. 5              F           1
  Crysomelidae sp. 6              F           1
  Crysomelidae sp. 7              F                       1
  Crysomelidae sp. 8              F                       1
  Crysomelidae sp. 9              F
  Crysomelidae sp. 10             F
  Crysomelidae sp. 11             F
  Crysomelidae sp. 12             F
Curculiionidae
  Curculionidae sp. 1             F      1
  Curculionidae sp. 2             F           2
  Curculionidae sp. 3             F      1    2
  Curculionidae sp. 4             F                       2
  Curculionidae sp. 5             F                             1
  Curculionidae sp. 6             F
  Curculionidae sp. 7             F
  Curculionidae sp. 8             F
  Curculionidae sp. 9             F
  Curculionidae sp. 10            F
  Curculionidae sp. 11            F
  Curculionidae sp. 12            F
Elateridae
  Elateridae sp. 1                F
Lagriidae
  Lagriidae sp. 1                 F                             1
Lampyridae
  Lampyridae sp. 1                F           1           1     1
  Lampyridae sp. 2                F
Mordelidae
  Mordelidae sp. 1                F
Scarabaeidae
  Scarabaeidae sp. 1              F           1
  Scarabaeidae sp. 2              F
  Scarabaeidae sp. 3              F
Scolytidae
  Scolytidae sp. 1                F      1    2     2          12
Orthoptera
  Acrididae
    Acrididae sp. 1               F           1     1
    Acrididae sp. 2               F                 1           1
    Acrididae sp. 3               F                       1     3
    Acrididae sp. 4               F                             2
    Acrididae sp. 5               F
    Acrididae sp. 6               F
    Acrididae sp. 7               F
  Tettigoniidae
    Tettigoniidae sp. 1           F      1    1
    Tettigoniidae sp. 2           F                 1     1
Total                                   164   24   108   471   468

Taxonomic group                             Sample points

                                S6    S7    S8   S9    S10   S11

Diptera
  Cecidomyiidae
    Cecidomyiidae sp. 1               19    62   135         158
    Cecidomyiidae sp. 2         43    36    1                 2
    Cecidomyiidae sp. 3                6    11
    Cecidomyiidae sp. 4                1
    Aspondila sp.                                       9
    Geraldesia sp.                               19    71
    Rhoasphondylia                          11   72     9
    friburguensis
Heteroptera
  Alydidae
    Alydidae sp. 1                          1
  Coreidae
    Coreidae sp. 1
    Coreidae sp. 2
    Leptoglossus sp.
  Lygaeidae
    Lygaeidae sp. 1                               1
    Lygaeidae sp. 2
  Myridae
    Myridae sp. 1
    Myridae sp. 2
    Myridae sp. 3                                 3     2
    Myridae sp. 4
Pentatomidae
  Pentatomidae sp. 1                        1     1
  Pentatomidae sp. 2
Homoptera
  Acanalonidae
  Acanalonidae sp. 1
Cercopidae
  Cercopidae sp. 1
  Cercopidae sp. 2
  Cercopidae sp. 3
Cicadellidae
  Cicadellidae sp. 1
  Cicadellidae sp. 2             4
  Cicadellidae sp. 3
  Cicadellidae sp. 4                              2
  Cicadellidae sp. 5             2          3     3     7    18
  Cicadellidae sp. 6
Cicadidae
  Cicadidae sp. 1
Cixiidae
  Cixiidae sp. 1                                        5
Membracidae
  Membracidae sp. 1
  Membracidae sp. 2                               1
  Endrenopa sp.                                   1
Psyllidae
  Neopelma bacccharidis         416   797   917              76
Coleoptera
  Alleculidae
    Alleculidae sp. 1
    Alleculidae sp. 2
Bruchidae
  Bruchidae sp. 1                1
  Bruchidae sp. 2                                             1
  Bruchidae sp. 3
Buprestidae
  Buprestidae sp. 1              1
  Buprestidae sp. 2                                     2
Cantharidae
  Cantharidae sp. 1                         1
Cerambicydae
  Cerambicydae sp. 1
  Cerambicydae sp. 2
  Cerambicydae sp. 3
Crysomelidae
  Crysomelidae sp. 1                        1     5
  Crysomelidae sp. 2                                    1
  Crysomelidae sp. 3
  Crysomelidae sp. 4
  Crysomelidae sp. 5                              2
  Crysomelidae sp. 6
  Crysomelidae sp. 7
  Crysomelidae sp. 8
  Crysomelidae sp. 9                        4     2
  Crysomelidae sp. 10                                         1
  Crysomelidae sp. 11
  Crysomelidae sp. 12
Curculiionidae
  Curculionidae sp. 1
  Curculionidae sp. 2
  Curculionidae sp. 3
  Curculionidae sp. 4
  Curculionidae sp. 5
  Curculionidae sp. 6                       1     1
  Curculionidae sp. 7                                   2
  Curculionidae sp. 8                                   1
  Curculionidae sp. 9
  Curculionidae sp. 10
  Curculionidae sp. 11
  Curculionidae sp. 12
Elateridae
  Elateridae sp. 1                                            2
Lagriidae
  Lagriidae sp. 1
Lampyridae
  Lampyridae sp. 1                     1
  Lampyridae sp. 2                          4
Mordelidae
  Mordelidae sp. 1
Scarabaeidae
  Scarabaeidae sp. 1
  Scarabaeidae sp. 2
  Scarabaeidae sp. 3
Scolytidae
  Scolytidae sp. 1              61    30    33   25     2     7
Orthoptera
  Acrididae
    Acrididae sp. 1                                     1
    Acrididae sp. 2                    4    1
    Acrididae sp. 3              2     2
    Acrididae sp. 4
    Acrididae sp. 5              1
    Acrididae sp. 6                               1
    Acrididae sp. 7
  Tettigoniidae
    Tettigoniidae sp. 1
    Tettigoniidae sp. 2                                 1     1
Total                           531   898   1052 274   111   267

Taxonomic group                           Sample points

                                S12   S13    S14   S15   S16   S17

Diptera
  Cecidomyiidae
    Cecidomyiidae sp. 1         405    37    18    109   154    6
    Cecidomyiidae sp. 2          2     10     4    24    178    2
    Cecidomyiidae sp. 3                                   8     7
    Cecidomyiidae sp. 4          7            2     5     4     6
    Aspondila sp.                                               2
    Geraldesia sp.               8     15    27    16     9    71
    Rhoasphondylia                     4      3     1    64    27
    friburguensis
Heteroptera
  Alydidae
    Alydidae sp. 1
  Coreidae
    Coreidae sp. 1
    Coreidae sp. 2
    Leptoglossus sp.                                            1
  Lygaeidae
    Lygaeidae sp. 1
    Lygaeidae sp. 2
  Myridae
    Myridae sp. 1
    Myridae sp. 2
    Myridae sp. 3                                               2
    Myridae sp. 4                      1
Pentatomidae
  Pentatomidae sp. 1
  Pentatomidae sp. 2                                     11
Homoptera
  Acanalonidae
  Acanalonidae sp. 1                                      1
Cercopidae
  Cercopidae sp. 1
  Cercopidae sp. 2                                  5
  Cercopidae sp. 3                                              2
Cicadellidae
  Cicadellidae sp. 1             1
  Cicadellidae sp. 2
  Cicadellidae sp. 3                                1
  Cicadellidae sp. 4                          2
  Cicadellidae sp. 5                   2
  Cicadellidae sp. 6                   3
Cicadidae
  Cicadidae sp. 1
Cixiidae
  Cixiidae sp. 1                 1
Membracidae
  Membracidae sp. 1                    2      1     1
  Membracidae sp. 2                                 1
  Endrenopa sp.                        1
Psyllidae
  Neopelma bacccharidis               1238   391   707   214   543
Coleoptera
  Alleculidae
    Alleculidae sp. 1                                           6
    Alleculidae sp. 2                                     1     1
Bruchidae
  Bruchidae sp. 1                                               1
  Bruchidae sp. 2                                               1
  Bruchidae sp. 3                             2                 2
Buprestidae
  Buprestidae sp. 1                                             1
  Buprestidae sp. 2                                 2           6
Cantharidae
  Cantharidae sp. 1
Cerambicydae
  Cerambicydae sp. 1                          1           2     3
  Cerambicydae sp. 2                                1
  Cerambicydae sp. 3                                      1
Crysomelidae
  Crysomelidae sp. 1
  Crysomelidae sp. 2                                1
  Crysomelidae sp. 3
  Crysomelidae sp. 4
  Crysomelidae sp. 5                          1
  Crysomelidae sp. 6
  Crysomelidae sp. 7
  Crysomelidae sp. 8
  Crysomelidae sp. 9
  Crysomelidae sp. 10
  Crysomelidae sp. 11                               1
  Crysomelidae sp. 12                                           1
Curculiionidae
  Curculionidae sp. 1
  Curculionidae sp. 2
  Curculionidae sp. 3
  Curculionidae sp. 4
  Curculionidae sp. 5                               3
  Curculionidae sp. 6                                     2
  Curculionidae sp. 7                                           2
  Curculionidae sp. 8                         3    22     2     7
  Curculionidae sp. 9            1
  Curculionidae sp. 10                        3
  Curculionidae sp. 11                 1      5           3     2
  Curculionidae sp. 12                        1
Elateridae
  Elateridae sp. 1
Lagriidae
  Lagriidae sp. 1
Lampyridae
  Lampyridae sp. 1
  Lampyridae sp. 2                     1      1
Mordelidae
  Mordelidae sp. 1                     2            1     1     1
Scarabaeidae
  Scarabaeidae sp. 1
  Scarabaeidae sp. 2                          1
  Scarabaeidae sp. 3                                            1
Scolytidae
  Scolytidae sp. 1               9     6      8    25    38    19
Orthoptera
  Acrididae
    Acrididae sp. 1                    2
    Acrididae sp. 2                                 1     2
    Acrididae sp. 3                    2      2     2           2
    Acrididae sp. 4                                62     2    15
    Acrididae sp. 5                                 4           3
    Acrididae sp. 6             34            1           3
    Acrididae sp. 7                    3
  Tettigoniidae
    Tettigoniidae sp. 1
    Tettigoniidae sp. 2                                         1
Total                           469   1330   475   995   701   727

Taxonomic group                 Total

Diptera
  Cecidomyiidae
    Cecidomyiidae sp. 1         1400
    Cecidomyiidae sp. 2          376
    Cecidomyiidae sp. 3          32
    Cecidomyiidae sp. 4          36
    Aspondila sp.                27
    Geraldesia sp.               236
    Rhoasphondylia               191
    friburguensis
Heteroptera
  Alydidae
    Alydidae sp. 1                1
  Coreidae
    Coreidae sp. 1                1
    Coreidae sp. 2                1
    Leptoglossus sp.              1
  Lygaeidae
    Lygaeidae sp. 1               1
    Lygaeidae sp. 2               1
  Myridae
    Myridae sp. 1                 1
    Myridae sp. 2                 1
    Myridae sp. 3                 7
    Myridae sp. 4                 1
Pentatomidae
  Pentatomidae sp. 1              2
  Pentatomidae sp. 2             11
Homoptera
  Acanalonidae
  Acanalonidae sp. 1              1
Cercopidae
  Cercopidae sp. 1               17
  Cercopidae sp. 2                5
  Cercopidae sp. 3                2
Cicadellidae
  Cicadellidae sp. 1              2
  Cicadellidae sp. 2              4
  Cicadellidae sp. 3              1
  Cicadellidae sp. 4              4
  Cicadellidae sp. 5             36
  Cicadellidae sp. 6              3
Cicadidae
  Cicadidae sp. 1                16
Cixiidae
  Cixiidae sp. 1                  6
Membracidae
  Membracidae sp. 1              129
  Membracidae sp. 2               9
  Endrenopa sp.                   2
Psyllidae
  Neopelma bacccharidis         5903
Coleoptera
  Alleculidae
    Alleculidae sp. 1
    Alleculidae sp. 2
Bruchidae
  Bruchidae sp. 1
  Bruchidae sp. 2
  Bruchidae sp. 3
Buprestidae
  Buprestidae sp. 1
  Buprestidae sp. 2
Cantharidae
  Cantharidae sp. 1               1
Cerambicydae
  Cerambicydae sp. 1              6
  Cerambicydae sp. 2              1
  Cerambicydae sp. 3              1
Crysomelidae
  Crysomelidae sp. 1              9
  Crysomelidae sp. 2              2
  Crysomelidae sp. 3              1
  Crysomelidae sp. 4              2
  Crysomelidae sp. 5              4
  Crysomelidae sp. 6              1
  Crysomelidae sp. 7              1
  Crysomelidae sp. 8              1
  Crysomelidae sp. 9              6
  Crysomelidae sp. 10             1
  Crysomelidae sp. 11             1
  Crysomelidae sp. 12             1
Curculiionidae
  Curculionidae sp. 1             1
  Curculionidae sp. 2             2
  Curculionidae sp. 3             3
  Curculionidae sp. 4             2
  Curculionidae sp. 5             4
  Curculionidae sp. 6             4
  Curculionidae sp. 7             4
  Curculionidae sp. 8            35
  Curculionidae sp. 9             1
  Curculionidae sp. 10            3
  Curculionidae sp. 11           11
  Curculionidae sp. 12            1
Elateridae
  Elateridae sp. 1                2
Lagriidae
  Lagriidae sp. 1                 1
Lampyridae
  Lampyridae sp. 1                4
  Lampyridae sp. 2                6
Mordelidae
  Mordelidae sp. 1                5
Scarabaeidae
  Scarabaeidae sp. 1              1
  Scarabaeidae sp. 2              1
  Scarabaeidae sp. 3              1
Scolytidae
  Scolytidae sp. 1               280
Orthoptera
  Acrididae
    Acrididae sp. 1               5
    Acrididae sp. 2              10
    Acrididae sp. 3              16
    Acrididae sp. 4              81
    Acrididae sp. 5               8
    Acrididae sp. 6              39
    Acrididae sp. 7               3
  Tettigoniidae
    Tettigoniidae sp. 1           2
    Tettigoniidae sp. 2           5
Total                           9065


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

We thank B.G. Madeira, P.W. Price and T.M. Lewinsohn for insightful comments on earlier drafts of the manuscript, and two other anonymous referees who made valuable contributions to this paper. Financial support by the Fapemig (the Minas Gerais Research Foundation) and CNPq (the National Research Council of Brazil).

Received 21-VII-2010.

Corrected 07-I-2011.

Accepted 08-II-2011.

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Marcilio Fagundes (1) & G. Wilson Fernandes (2)

(1.) Laboratorio de Biologia da Conservacao DBG/ CCBS, Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros, Montes Claros, MG, Brazil, 39401-089; marcilio.fagundes@gmail.com

(2.) Ecologia Evolutiva & Biodiversidade/DBG/ICB/Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil; gwfernandes@gmail.com
TABLE 1
Description of seventeen sample sites of the insect
herbivores associated with Baccharis dracunculifolia
along the distributional limits of host plant in
Brazilian seacoast

Sample    District           Sample        Latitude
  sites   (State)             date

S1        Arraial          4/10/2001   16[grados]22' S
          D'ajuda (BA)

S2        Prado            5/10/2001   17[grados]11' S
          (BA)
S3        Aracruz          17/1/2002   19[grados]50' S
          (ES)
S4        Anchieta         16/1/2002   20[grados]49' S
          (ES)
S5        Piuma            15/1/2002   20[grados]52' S
          (ES)
S6        Carapebus        13/1/2002   22[grados]11' S
          (RJ)
S7        Rio das          12/1/2002   22[grados]28' S
          Ostras (RJ)
S8        Mangaratiba      11/1/2002   22[grados]59' S
          (RJ)
S9        Caraguatatuba   28/10/2001   23[grados]35' S
          (SP)
S10       Bertioga        27/10/2001   23[grados]46' S
          (SP)
S11       Iguape          26/10/2001   24[grados]39' S
          (SP)
S12       Jureia          25/10/2001   24[grados]42' S
          (SP)
S13       Itajai          13/11/2001   26[grados]56' S
          (SC)
S14       Camburiu        12/11/2001   27[grados]00' S
          (SC)
S15       Laguna          11/11/2001   28[grados]27' S
          (SC)
S16       Torres          10/11/2001   29[grados]21' S
          (RS)
S17       Tramandai        9/11/2001   29[grados]59' S
          (RS)

Sample       Longitude      Altitude
  sites

S1        39[grados]18' W    130 m

S2        39[grados]13' W     26 m

S3        40[grados]22' W     32 m

S4        40[grados]37' W     20 m

S5        40[grados]46' W     33 m

S6        41[grados]03' W     57 m

S7        41[grados]53' W     28 m

S8        44[grados]03' W     21 m

S9        45[grados]21' W     24 m

S10       45[grados]57' W     10 m

S11       47[grados]24' S     06 m

S12       47[grados]32' S     18 m

S13       48[grados]38' S     42 m

S14       48[grados]39' S     12 m

S15       48[grados]48' S     26 m

S16       49[grados]46' S     49 m

S17       50[grados]13' S     10 m
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