Symbioses: Plant, Animal, and Microbe Interactions
Bench, Molly , White, Merlin .
New species and first records of trichomycetes from immature aquatic insects in Idaho.
Trichomycetes or gut fungi, currently recognized as an ecological group, inhabit the guts of immature insects, and other stages and kinds of arthropods. The geographic distribution of these endosymbionts is worldwide, excluding Antarctica. However, research on trichomycetes is limited in the Pacific Northwest and this is the first account of gut fungi in Idaho. We have sampled three study sites in Boise, Idaho with the discovery of 4 new species and 13 previously known species, some of which we have been noted with unusual morphological features. The putative new species of Harpellales, Harpella torus and Smittium gremiale, and two Amoebidiales, Paramoebidium hamatum and P. reniforme (all provisional names), are illustrated with a suggestion to emend Smittium megazygosporum. The various hosts in which the gut fungi were recovered included larvae or nymphs of Diptera (Chironomidae and Simuliidae), Ephemeroptera (Baetidae), and Plecoptera (Capniidae and Nemouridae).
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White Mycology Laboratory
1 - Boise State University, Department of Biological Sciences, 1910 University Drive, Boise, Idaho, 83725-1515
Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Topics
Location: Event Tent/Cliff Lodge
Date: Monday, July 27th, 2009
Time: 5:30 PM