Evolution and Systematics
The cones of some cycads attract pollinators by elevating their temperature when pollen is ready for dispersal.
"When its pollen is ready for distribution, this cycad raises the temperature of its central cone by a good two degrees. That attracts the attention of weevils. They alight on the cone and feast on the spilling pollen, getting themselves covered with it in the process." (Attenborough 1995: 99)
Learn more about this functional adaptation.
- Attenborough, D. 1995. The Private Life of Plants: A Natural History of Plant Behavior. London: BBC Books. 320 p.
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage
Specimen Records: 799
Specimens with Sequences: 777
Specimens with Barcodes: 701
Species With Barcodes: 166
Public Records: 638
Public Species: 138
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