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Jurassic mimicry between a hangingfly and a ginkgo from China

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dc.contributor.author Wang, Yongjie en
dc.contributor.author Labandeira, Conrad C. en
dc.contributor.author Shih, Chungkun en
dc.contributor.author Ding, Qiaoling en
dc.contributor.author Wang, Chen en
dc.contributor.author Zhao, Yunyun en
dc.contributor.author Ren, Dong en
dc.date.accessioned 2014-11-25T20:24:56Z
dc.date.available 2014-11-25T20:24:56Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Wang, Yongjie, Labandeira, Conrad C., Shih, Chungkun, Ding, Qiaoling, Wang, Chen, Zhao, Yunyun, and Ren, Dong. 2012. "<a href="https://repository.si.edu/handle/10088/22580">Jurassic mimicry between a hangingfly and a ginkgo from China</a>." <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America</em>. 109 (50):20514&ndash;20519. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1205517109">https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1205517109</a> en
dc.identifier.issn 0027-8424
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10088/22580
dc.description.abstract A near-perfect mimetic association between a mecopteran insect species and a ginkgoalean plant species from the late Middle Jurassic of northeastern China recently has been discovered. The association stems from a case of mixed identity between a particular plant and an insect in the laboratory and the field. This confusion is explained as a case of leaf mimesis, wherein the appearance of the multilobed leaf of Yimaia capituliformis (the ginkgoalean model) was accurately replicated by the wings and abdomen of the cimbrophlebiid Juracimbrophlebia ginkgofolia (the hangingfly mimic). Our results suggest that hangingflies developed leaf mimesis either as an antipredator avoidance device or possibly as a predatory strategy to provide an antiherbivore function for its plant hosts, thus gaining mutual benefit for both the hangingfly and the ginkgo species. This documentation of mimesis is a rare occasion whereby exquisitely preserved, co-occurring fossils occupy a narrow spatiotemporal window that reveal likely reciprocal mechanisms which plants and insects provide mutual defensive support during their preangiospermous evolutionary histories. en
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America en
dc.title Jurassic mimicry between a hangingfly and a ginkgo from China en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 114089
dc.identifier.doi 10.1073/pnas.1205517109
rft.jtitle Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
rft.volume 109
rft.issue 50
rft.spage 20514
rft.epage 20519
dc.description.SIUnit NH-Paleobiology en
dc.description.SIUnit NMNH en
dc.description.SIUnit Peer-reviewed en
dc.citation.spage 20514
dc.citation.epage 20519


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