oligophagy


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Related to oligophagy: polyphagous, monophagous, monophagy

ol·i·goph·a·gous

 (ŏl′ĭ-gŏf′ə-gəs, ō′lĭ-)
adj.
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.
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oligophagy

(ˌɒlɪˈɡɒfədʒɪ)
n
(Zoology) zoology the condition of feeding on a limited range of foodstuffs, esp plants
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Despite the frequent occurrence of monophagy or oligophagy among insect herbivores, there is considerable survival advantage in being able to adjust the diet, or adapt to differing availabilities of hosts, by being polyphagous.
The concept of oligophagy and the natural habitats and host plants of Papilia machaon L.