Acrostichus puri n. sp (Nematoda: Diplogastridae), a phoretic associate of Augochlora pura mosieri Cockerell (Hymenoptera: Halictidae)

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  • AbstractAcrostichus puri n. sp., isolated from the body of a sweat bee, Augochlora pura mosieri, is described and figured. The new species is morphologically, molecularly and biologically very similar to A. halicti, i.e., these two species share a very complicated gubernaculum structure, distally hooked spicules with a triangular flap-like rostrum, stomatal polymorphism and synchronised associations with halcitid bees. The new species can be distinguished from A. halicti by its spicule morphology, distinctive squared manubrium and sharply bent (= ca 90° or L-shaped) distal tip vs an indistinctive rounded manubrium and a strongly recurved (= ca 180° or U-shaped) distal tip; gubernaculum with narrower, longer, anterior part and more complex posterior part than A. halicti, and tail of both sexes, with a long and filiform spike on the male or female tail vs a short spike (male) or conical tail (female). These two species also differ from each other by significant molecular sequence differences in SSU (2.0%), D2/D3 LSU (4.5%) and mtCOI (9.2%), and are reproductively incompatible in mating tests.
  • Authors

  • Kanzaki, Natsumi
  • Giblin-Davis, Robin M
  • Zeng, Yongsan
  • Ye, Weimin
  • Center, Barbara J
  • Thomas, W. Kelley
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • 2010
  • Has Subject Area


  • description
  • molecular
  • morphology
  • morphometrics
  • new species
  • phoresy
  • phylogeny
  • sweat bee
  • taxonomy
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 49
  • End Page

  • 64
  • Volume

  • 12
  • Issue

  • 1