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Wolbachia in the genus Bicyclus: a forgotten player

Author:
  • Anne Duplouy
  • Oskar Brattström
Publishing year: 2018
Language: English
Pages: 255-263
Publication/Series: Microbial Ecology
Volume: 75
Issue: 1
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Springer

Abstract english

Bicyclus
butterflies are key species for studies of
wing pattern development, phenotypic plasticity, speciation
and the genetics of Lepidoptera. One of the key endosymbi-
onts in butterflies, the alpha-Proteobacterium
Wolbachia
pipientis
, is affecting many of these biological processes;
however, Bicyclus
butterflies have not been investigated sys-
tematically as hosts to
Wolbachia
.Inthisstudy,wescreenfor
Wo lb ac hi a
infection in several
Bicyclus
species from natural
populations across Africa as well as two laboratory popula-
tions. Out of the 24 species tested, 19 were found to be infect-
ed, and no double infection was found, but both A- and B-
supergroup strains colonise this butterfly group. We also show
that many of the
Wo lb ac hia
strains identified in
Bicyclus
but-
terflies belong to the ST19 clonal complex. We discuss the
importance of our results in regard to routinely screening for
Wo lb ac hi a
when using
Bicyclus
butterflies as the study organ-
ism of research in eco-evolutionary biology

Keywords

  • Ecology

Other

Published
  • ISSN: 1432-184X
Anne Duplouy
E-mail: anne [dot] duplouy [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Researcher

Biodiversity

Sölvegatan 37, Lund

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