Matz-Grund, Corinna


Ultrastructural and molecular characterization of endosymbionts of the reed beetle genusMacroplea(Chrysomelidae, Donaciinae), and proposal of “CandidatusMacropleicola appendiculatae” and “CandidatusMacropleicola muticae”

Kölsch et al. (2009). Canadian Journal of Microbiology 55 (11)
Ca. Macropleicola appendiculatae Ca. Macropleicola muticae
Intracellular bacterial symbionts are known from various insect groups, particularly from those feeding on unbalanced diets, where the bacteria provide essential nutrients to the host. In the case of reed beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Donaciinae), however, the endosymbionts appear to be associated with specialized “glands” that secrete a material used for the beetles’ unusual water-tight cocoon. These glands were discovered over a century ago, but the bacteria they contain have yet to be c