Coevolution

Douglas J. Futuyma

State University of New York, Stony Brook

The term "coevolution" usually refers to the joint evolution of two or more species or genomes, owing to interactions between them. These interactions include interspecific competition, mutualism, and interactions between "consumers" and "victims" (encompassing predator/prey, herbivore/plant, and parasite/host relationships), as well as other interactions such as mimicry. Although it is often difficult to prove that true coevolution has occurred, it has probably had profound effects on the diversity of organisms and the evolution of their characteristics. Insects have figured prominently in research on coevolution.

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