Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 59, Issue 5–6, pp 528–532 | Cite as

Hesperomyces virescens (Fungi, Ascomycota, Laboulbeniales) attacking Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera, Coccinellidae) in its native range

  • Haelewaters Danny
  • Richard F. Comont
  • Serena Y. Zhao
  • Donald H. Pfister
Article Entomology

Abstract

This study intended to find data on obligate ectoparasitic Laboulbeniales (Fungi, Ascomycota) on Chinese Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera, Coccinellidae). After having screened over four thousand dried specimens of H. axyridis and close relatives, we present the first (historical) record of Chinese H. axyridis infected with Hesperomyces virescens. We suggest that H. virescens is a historically globally distributed species and hypothesize that (native) infection was lost when H. axyridis was introduced in North America.

Keywords

Coccinellidae Distribution Ectoparasitic fungi Harmonia axyridis Hesperomyces virescens Historical data Invasive species Native range 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Haelewaters Danny
    • 1
  • Richard F. Comont
    • 2
  • Serena Y. Zhao
    • 1
    • 3
  • Donald H. Pfister
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Organismic and Evolutionary BiologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.NERC Centre for Ecology & HydrologyCrowmarsh GiffordUK
  3. 3.Kraus Natural Science BuildingUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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