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Entomophthora ferdinandii (Zygomycetes: Entomophthorales) Causing Natural Infections of Musca domestica (Diptera: Muscidae) in Argentina

  • Claudia C. López Lastra
  • Augusto Siri
  • Juan J. García
  • Jørgen Eilenberg
  • Richard A. Humber


The identity and activity of an entomopathogenic fungus belonging to the Entomophthora muscae species complex and infecting Musca domestica in poultry houses from La Plata, Argentina, is reported. Entomophthora caused natural infections between September 2001 and September 2003. Primary conidia of this fungus were on average 29.5 ± 1.2 × 23.4 ± 2.4 µm and contained, on average, 10.5 ± 0.1 nuclei (range: 7–15) with an average diameter of 4.8 ± 0.1 µm. This fungus is identified as E. ferdinandii Keller (this specific epithet includes a nomenclaturally required spelling correction); this is a first record of E. ferdinandii in South America and of any member of the E. muscae species complex from flies in Argentina.


entomopathogenic fungi Entomophthora muscae species complex house flies new geographical record poultry house 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia C. López Lastra
    • 1
  • Augusto Siri
    • 1
  • Juan J. García
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jørgen Eilenberg
    • 3
  • Richard A. Humber
    • 4
  1. 1.CEPAVE Centro de Estudios Parasitológicos y de VectoresUniversidad Nacional de La PlataLa PlataArgentina
  2. 2.CIC, Scientific Research Committee of Buenos Aires ProvinceArgentina
  3. 3.Department of EcologyThe Royal Veterinary and Agricultural UniversityFrederiksberg CDenmark
  4. 4.Soil and Nutrition LaboratoryUSDA-ARS PlantIthacaUSA

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