Detection of Spiroplasma from the mite Macrocheles sp. (Acari; Macrochelidae) ectoparasitic to the fly Drosophila hydei (Diptera; Drosophilidae): a possible route of horizontal transmission?

@article{Osaka2013DetectionOS,
  title={Detection of Spiroplasma from the mite Macrocheles sp. (Acari; Macrochelidae) ectoparasitic to the fly Drosophila hydei (Diptera; Drosophilidae): a possible route of horizontal transmission?},
  author={Ryu Osaka and Masayoshi Watada and Daisuke Kageyama and Masashi Nomura},
  journal={Symbiosis},
  year={2013},
  volume={60},
  pages={79-84}
}
Some members of the genus Spiroplasma are vertically transmitted endosymbionts of insects. Among them, Spiroplasma sp. Dhd, a member of the Spiroplasma poulsonii clade, is highly prevalent among worldwide populations of Drosophila hydei. Here we found that 53 out of 3,763 wild-caught D. hydei (1.4 %) were ectoparasitized by the mite that belong to the genus Macrocheles. Many of the ectoparasitized flies (79 %) had a single mite, but some flies had up to five mites. Among 59 mites subjected to… CONTINUE READING