monophagy


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mo·noph·a·gous

 (mə-nŏf′ə-gəs)
adj.
Feeding on only one kind of food: monophagous grasshoppers.

mo·noph′a·gy (-ə-jē) n.
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monophagism, monophagy

the tendency to f eed on a single type of food. — monophagous, adj.
See also: Food and Nutrition
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It is worth noting that tephritids show different degrees of specialization on species of plants native to the American continent, ranging from monophagy to polyphagy (Duyck et al.
In several passages in the Zibaldone (in particular, 4183-84, 4275-76, 4481-82) Leopardi discusses "monophagy", which he defines as "eating alone" (and not as a "diet consisting of a single food").
The great abundance of mines, the high frequency on their host plant and the local monophagy of this leaf miner weevil suggest a close association between T.
Some fungus feeding species tend toward monophagy (Hackman & Meiander, 1979).