Wolbachia infection in the newly described Ecuadorian sand flea, Tunga trimamillata.

@article{Luchetti2004WolbachiaII,
  title={Wolbachia infection in the newly described Ecuadorian sand flea, Tunga trimamillata.},
  author={Andrea Luchetti and Barbara Mantovani and Maria Letizia Fioravanti and Massimo Trentini},
  journal={Experimental parasitology},
  year={2004},
  volume={108 1-2},
  pages={18-23}
}
Wolbachia pipientis is an intracellular endosymbiont producing reproductive alterations in its hosts. This bacterium have been reported in many arthropods and nematodes. By PCR amplification and sequencing of the 16S rDNA and ftsZ genes we have identified a Wolbachia strain in the newly described sand-flea, Tunga trimamillata. Prevalence of this endosymbiont in the 26 individuals screened is equal to 35%. Sympatric and allopatric specimens of the related species Tunga penetrans were also… CONTINUE READING