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 (ŏl′ĭ-gŏf′ə-gəs, ō′lĭ-)
Feeding on a limited number of foods, usually within one taxonomic family: an oligophagous pest of leguminous plants.

ol′i·goph′a·gy (-jē) n.


(Zoology) zoology (of an insect) feeding on a limited range of food stuffs, esp plants
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Most of the 68 described species are mono- or oligophagous on species of the Sapindales except for the 2 North American species Calophya dicksoni Jensen developing on Fouquieria columnaris (C.
crassipes, some studies in native areas have provided evidence that this grasshopper is oligophagous under field conditions and polyphagousunder laboratory conditions (Ferreira & Vasconcellos-Neto 2001, Capello et al.
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2002), since such guild tend to be composed by generalists or oligophagous species (Basset 2001, Novotny et al.
Leaf beetles are, with few exceptions, phytophagous and are often monophagous or oligophagous, specialized on different plant organs and/or species.
Moths of the genus Exyra are believed to be monophagous or oligophagous (Folkerts and Folkerts, 1996) and E.
Comparisons of deterrency and toxicity of selected secondary plant compounds to an oligophagous and a polyphagous acridid.
The host plant most often used locally by an oligophagous insect is not necessarily the most preferred one when the favored host is rare (Singer et al.
Oligophagous Parasite--A parasite capable of developing upon a few closely related host species.
For an oligophagous insect, a host shift may alter selection on host-use traits in the colonizers and in their descendants, and indeed phenotypic divergence of populations on different host plants has been observed in a number of cases (e.