Supergroup F Wolbachia bacteria parasitise lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera)

Covacin, C. and Barker, S. (2007) Supergroup F Wolbachia bacteria parasitise lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera). Parasitology Research, 100 3: 479-485. doi:10.1007/s00436-006-0309-6

Author Covacin, C.
Barker, S.
Title Supergroup F Wolbachia bacteria parasitise lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera)
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Supergroup F Wolbachia bacteria parasitise lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera)
Journal name Parasitology Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0932-0113
Publication date 2007-02-01
Year available 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00436-006-0309-6
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 100
Issue 3
Start page 479
End page 485
Total pages 7
Place of publication New York
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Subject C1
270799 Ecology and Evolution not elsewhere classified
270203 Population and Ecological Genetics
270504 Invertebrate Biology
730118 Organs, diseases and abnormal conditions not elsewhere classified
Abstract We studied six species of lice from three of the four suborders of lice. These lice were infected with Wolbachia bacteria from supergroups A and F. This is the first report of an infection of supergroup F Wolbachia in lice. To date, Wolbachia from supergroup F have been found in filarial nematodes, Mansonella spp., and, rarely, in insects. We inferred the phylogeny of the Wolbachia from lice and representatives of all Wolbachia supergroups, with nucleotide sequences from the small subunit ribosomal RNA gene (SSU rRNA). There was no evidence of congruence between the taxon of louse and the Wolbachia bacteria that infect lice. There is no evidence that Wolbachia and their louse hosts co-evolved at least at the level of Wolbachia supergroups. We propose a novel mechanism for the horizontal transfer of Wolbachia between different species of lice from birds: transfer of Wolbachia during phoresis by hippoboscid flies.
Keyword Parasitology
Sex-ratio Distortion
Cytoplasmic Incompatibility
Phylogenetic Analysis
Filarial Nematodes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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