The Japanese ladybirds, Coccinula crotchi and Coccinula sinensis, are infected with very closely related strains of male‐killing Flavobacterium

@article{Elnagdy2014TheJL,
  title={The Japanese ladybirds, Coccinula crotchi and Coccinula sinensis, are infected with very closely related strains of male‐killing Flavobacterium},
  author={S. Elnagdy and S. Messing and M. Majerus},
  journal={Insect Science},
  year={2014},
  volume={21}
}
  • S. Elnagdy, S. Messing, M. Majerus
  • Published 2014
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Insect Science
  • Male‐killing is 1 of 4 known strategies that inherited parasitic endosymbionts have evolved to manipulate their host's reproduction. In early male‐killing, infected male offspring are killed early in embryogenesis. Within the Insecta, male‐killing bacteria have been found in a wide range of hosts. The Coccinellidae families of beetles, better known as ladybirds, are particularly prone to male‐killer invasion. In samples of the coccinellid, Coccinula crotchi, from Japan, a new male‐killing… CONTINUE READING
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