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Effects of feeding by native alydid insects on the seed viability of an alien invasive weed, Acacia cyclops



Effects of feeding by native alydid insects on the seed viability of an alien invasive weed, Acacia cyclops



South African Journal of Science 83(10): 580-581



The impact of 4 species of the alydid genus Zulubius on seed viability of A. cyclops, a weed introduced to South Africa from Australia in the late 19th and early 20th century for dune stabilization, as shelterbelts and as hedges in the S. and SW Cape is discussed. Invasion progressed over coastal or sandy habitats to the fynbos biome in 1984, largely as a result of prolific production of long-lived hard-coated seeds and low numbers of native insect predators such as Zulubius spp.

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