Tomoko Okamoto (Ph. D.)


JSPS Post-Doctoral fellow





Research Interests


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Recent Experimental Studies


12.  Okamoto T

Laboratory mating of experiments with a mutualistic seed-parasitic moth, Epicephala bipollenella (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae).

Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society in press.



11.  Okamoto TKawakita A, Goto R, Svensson GP, Kato M

Active pollination favours sexual dimorphism in floral scent.

Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280: 1772


10. Goto R, Okamoto TIshikawa H, Hamamura Y, Kato M (2013)

Molecular phylogeny of echiuran worms (Phylum: Annelida) reveals evolutionary pattern of feeding mode and sexual dimorphism.

Plos One 8: e56809


9. MacGowan I, Okamoto T

New species of Lonchaeidae (Diptera; Schizophora) from Japan and a re-evaluation of genus Setisquamalonchaea, Morge.

Accepted 4 September 2012 by Entomological Science In press.


8. Hembry DH, Okamoto T, McCormack G, Gillespie RG

Phytophagous insect community assembly through niche conservatism on oceanic islands.

Journal of Biogeography  Online version


7. Okamoto T, MacGowan I, Su Z-H (2012)

Predation on the pollinating fig wasp of Ficus erecta by larvae of Silba sp. (Diptera: Lonchaeidae)  

Entomological Science 15: 288–293. 


6. Hembry DH, Okamoto T, Gillespie RG (2012)

Repeated colonization of remote islands by specialized mutualists.

Biology Letters 8: 258–261.


5. Kawakita A. Okamoto T, Goto R, Kato M (2010)

Mutualism favours higher host specificity than does antagonism in plant-herbivore interaction.

Proceedings of the Royal Society, B 277: 2765–2774.


4. Svensson GP, Okamoto T, Kawakita A, Goto R, Kato M (2010)

Chemical ecology of obligate pollination mutualisms: testing the 'private channel' hypothesis in the Breynia-Epicephala association.

New Phytologist 186: 995–1004. 


3. Goto R, Okamoto T, Kiers T, Kawakita A, Kato M.(2010)
Selective flower abortion maintains moth cooperation in a newly discovered pollination mutualism.

Ecology Letters 13:321–329. 


2. Okamoto T, Kawakita A, Kato M (2008)

Floral adaptations to nocturnal moth pollination in Diplomorpha (Thymelaeaceae).

Plant Species Biology 23: 192–201.

Plant Species Biology Best Paper Award 2009


1. Okamoto T, Kawakita A, Kato M (2007)

 Interspecific variation of floral scent composition in Glochidion (Phyllanthaceae) and its association with host-specific pollinating seed parasite (Epicephala; Gracillariidae).

Journal of Chemical Ecology 33: 1065–1081. 


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