How come so many beetles live on plants?

1KITE-Coleoptera:multiple horizontal gene transfer events may have enabled the diversification of phytophagous beetles. McKenna*#, D. D., S. Shin#, D. Ahrens, M. Balke, C. Beza-Beza, D. J. Clarke, A. Donath, H. E. Escalona, F. Friedrich, H. Letsch, S. Liu, D. Maddison, C. Mayer, B. Misof, P. J. Murin, O. Niehuis, R. S. Peters, L. Podsiadlowski, H. Pohl, E. D. Scully, E. V. Yan, X. Zhou, A. Ślipiński, R. G. Beutel. 2019. The evolution and genomic basis of beetle diversity. PNAS 116(49): 24729-24737. PDF https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1909655116 Abstract: The order Coleoptera (beetles) is arguably the most speciose group of animals, but the evolutionary history of beetles, including the impacts

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