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1 September 2002 Host Specialization among Wood-Decay Polypore Fungi in a Caribbean Mangrove Forest
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Host specialization in highly diverse tropical forests may be limited by the low local abundance of suitable hosts. To address whether or not fungi in a low-diversity tropical forest were released from this restriction, fruiting bodies of polypore basidiomycete fungi were collected from three species of mangroves (Avicennia germinans, Laguncularia racemosa, and Rhizophora mangle) in a Caribbean mangrove forest in Panama. Unlike other tropical forests, the polypore assemblage in this mangrove forest was strongly dominated by a few host-specialized species. Three fungal species, each with strong preference for a different mangrove host species, comprised 88 percent of all fungi collected.

Gregory S. Gilbert and Wayne P. Sousa "Host Specialization among Wood-Decay Polypore Fungi in a Caribbean Mangrove Forest," BIOTROPICA 34(3), (1 September 2002). https://doi.org/10.1646/0006-3606(2002)034[0396:HSAWDP]2.0.CO;2
Published: 1 September 2002
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