Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 56, Issue 1, pp 1–7 | Cite as

Ultrastructure, characteristic features and occurrence of Nosema leptinotarsae Lipa, 1968, a microsporidian pathogen of Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae)

  • Mustafa Yaman
  • Nejla Özcan
  • Renate Radek
  • Andreas Linde
  • Jerzy J. Lipa


This paper presents the ultrastructure and characteristic features of Nosema leptinotarsae infecting L. decemlineata collected in Trabzon (Turkey). Fresh spores are oval, 4.69 ± 0.19 μm in length and 2.43 ± 0.12 μm in width (n = 50). The spore wall is thick and measures 180 to 250 nm and consists of a clear endospore (130 to 170 nm) and an electron-dense, uniform exospore (50 to 80 nm). The polar filament is isofilar and has 15–16 coils. The well-developed polaroplast has a lamellated structure with thin lamellae. The ultrastructural features of Nosema leptinotarsae differ from those of other microsporidia infecting chrysomelids.


Nosema leptinotarsae ultrastructure microsporidium Leptinotarsa decemlineata Chrysomelidae 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mustafa Yaman
    • 1
  • Nejla Özcan
    • 1
  • Renate Radek
    • 2
  • Andreas Linde
    • 3
  • Jerzy J. Lipa
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Biology, Faculty of Arts and SciencesKaradeniz Technical UniversityTrabzonTurkey
  2. 2.Institute of Biology/ZoologyFree University of BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Applied Ecology and ZoologyUniversity of Applied Sciences EberswaldeEberswaldeGermany
  4. 4.Department of Biological Control and QuarantineInstitute of Plant ProtectionPoznańPoland

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