Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 57, Issue 3, pp 216–220 | Cite as

Menzbieria chalcographi, a new neogregarine pathogen of the great spruce bark beetle, Dendroctonus micans (Kugelann) (Curculionidae, Scolytinae)

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Abstract

This study concerns a new neogregarine parasitic in the great spruce bark beetle Dendroctonus micans (Kugelann) (Curculionidae, Scolytinae). The rate of infection was high, reaching 27.3%. There was no difference in the rate of infection of male and female beetles. The life-cycle stages of the pathogen were described by light and electron microscopy. Each gametocyst of the neogregarine included 8–16 actinocephalid oocysts measuring 11.19 ± 0.42 × 4.99 ± 0.25 μm. The described pathogen has the typical characteristics of members of the genus Menzbieria within the order Neogregarinida and it was identified as Menzbieria chalcographi. This is the first record of an infection of D. micans by M. chalcographi. Possibly, this pathogen could be useful for the biological control of this destructive bark beetle.

Keywords

Bark beetle biological control Dendroctonus micans Menzbieria chalcographi neogregarine pathogen 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biology, Faculty of Arts and SciencesKaradeniz Technical UniversityTrabzonTurkey
  2. 2.Institute of Biology/ZoologyFree University of Berlin, Working Group ProtozoologyBerlinGermany

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