An intracellular symbiotic bacterium was isolated from the hemolymph of and cultured in an cell line. 16S ribosomal DNA sequence analysis revealed that the bacterium was a member of the γ-3 subgroup of the class , having 96.2% sequence identity with the most closely related bacterium, , the causative agent of the son-killer trait in the parasitoid wasp . These bacteria share morphological features and a common tissue distribution and transmission mode. The symbiont branch represents a lineage of insect symbionts which may be capable of horizontal transmission between phylogenetically distant host insects. We propose that the intracellular symbiont from be classified as The bacterium found in the hemocytes of is designated the type strain of this species.


Article metrics loading...

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Most cited this month Most Cited RSS feed

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error