Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 62, Issue 4, pp 267–272 | Cite as

Clavispora opuntiae and other yeasts associated with the mothSigelgaita sp. in the cactusPilosocereus arrabidae of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Carlos Augusto Rosa
  • Allen Norton Hagler
  • Leda Cristina S. Mendonça-Hagler
  • Paula Benevides de Morais
  • Newton Carlos Marcial Gomes
  • Ricardo F. Monteiro
Research Article

Summary

Clavispora opuntiae was the prevalent yeast associated with the feeding sites ofSigelgaita sp. larvae in the cactusPilosocereus arrabidae. Also associated with this habitat wereCandida sonorensis, Pichia cactophila, Pichia barkeri, Candida sp. A,Geotrichum sp.,Geotrichum sericeum and the yeast like organismsPrototheca zopfii andAcremonium sp. Atypical yeast biotypes that may represent new species ofPichia, Sporopachydermia andCandida were isolated. Mating types ofClavispora opuntiae were at a ratio 70 h+ to 3 h- and reduced levels of sporulation suggested low pressure for sexual reproduction in this habitat.Sigelgaita sp. probably was not an important vector forClavispora opuntiae because it was not isolated from an adult or eggs of this moth.

Key words

Clavispora opuntiae yeasts columnar cactus moth sand dune ecosystem 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos Augusto Rosa
    • 1
  • Allen Norton Hagler
    • 1
  • Leda Cristina S. Mendonça-Hagler
    • 1
  • Paula Benevides de Morais
    • 1
  • Newton Carlos Marcial Gomes
    • 1
  • Ricardo F. Monteiro
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto de Microbiologia, CCS, Bl. IUniversidade Federal do Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Depto. Ecologia, Instituto de Biologia, CCS, Bl. AUniversidade Federal do Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil

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