The role of red leaf coloration in prey capture for pinguicula planifolia

Jenna Annis, Janice Coons, Charles Helm, Brenda Molano-Flores

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Abstract

Anthocyanins in the leaves of carnivorous plants are suggested to play a role in prey capture. In this study, we investigated the role of red leaf coloration (an indicator of anthocyanins) on prey capture using Pinguicula planifolia (Chapman's Butterwort). Overall, red leaves had less prey (i.e., Collembola) than green leaves, suggesting that red coloration does not enhance prey capture for Chapman's Butterwort. However, the frequent presence of Collembola on leaves suggests that this plant species could be relying on other cues to attract prey (e.g., olfactory cues).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)433-437
Number of pages5
JournalSoutheastern Naturalist
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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