Animals (not insects) feeding on citrus

One thing that took some getting used to in the Dominican Republic: the lemons are sweet and the oranges are sour.

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Thanks for the info regarding some citrus-related genera.
For “Citrus” I originally meant species producing an hesperidium as a fruit.

Aren’t coumarins a thinning agent used in perfumes? That should present as a toxic anti-haemocoagullant then for humans, no?

Which part of citrus fruit contains coumarins? People have been eating marmalade for breakfast every day …

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I’ve not much clue what problems it cause on humans. Coumarins are present in some species of cinnamon plants. Warfarin is a coumarin. It is a prescribed drug used to treat certain human conditions. Some drugs often carries a note not to take together with grapefruit, but it is due to another reason. so it is complex. I think citrus fruits are generally safe. I mean we eat citrus fruits quite often.


Of course it had to have some arcane name, and can’t just be referred to as a citron or something obvious to laypersons. I suppose we should be glad that the fruit produced by apples is called a pome, reflecting its common name in an actual living language (pomme, in French), instead of a pyrinifer or something.

Here it’s called an apple, so e.g. fruit of rowan is an apple. And second name for hesperidium is pomeranets (also a name for Citrus aurantium), easier that way than learning latin.

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could hesperidium be applied to the fruit of other plants? for example, mangosteen seems to have a fruit that seems superficially similar in structure to citrus fruits, although i have no idea how to classify the mangosteen fruit exactly as a botanist would.

Garcinia species are evergreen trees and shrubs, dioecious and in several cases apomictic. The fruit is a berry with fleshy endocarp,[4] which in several species is delicious.

right, but isn’t a hesperidium also a berry where the endocarp is the part you eat and the outer layer is a thick rind? so doesn’t that describe a mangosteen fruit, too?

or is there some other defining characteristic of hesperidium? or does hesperidium refer only to the fruit of particular members of Rutaceae?

An Hesperidium has the flesh divided into some locules which, in turn, are divided into many juice sacs

Maybe a bit more specific than the original question, but are there any animals that eat a Pomelo (Citrus maxima), where the bulk is mostly bitter rind and small center?