Latitudinal trends in plant-pollinator interactions: Are tropical plants more specialised?
Taxon diversity often correlates positively or negatively with latitude. Though much is known about species trends, species interaction trends have not been studied as much. Specifically, plant pollinator interactions in the tropics are a lesser known topic that must be explored.
Goals and Methods
The authors conduct a literature review searching for information on the latitude of study sites, pollinator species diversity and abundance, plant species, and interactions.
Conclusions and Takeaways
The authors conclude from the literature review that plant-pollinator interactions are not more specialized in the tropics than they are in temperate regions. These results are in contrast with the prevailing idea that ecological interactions in the tropics are usually highly specified.
Latitudinal trends in plant-pollinator interactions: are tropical plants more specialised?. Oikos. 2002;98(2):340 - 350. doi:10.1034/j.1600-0706.2002.980215.x..