Wolbachia endosymbiont infection in two Indian butterflies and female-biased sex ratio in the Red Pierrot, Talicada nyseus


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Ankola, K. and Brueckner, D. and Puttaraju, H.P. (2011) Wolbachia endosymbiont infection in two Indian butterflies and female-biased sex ratio in the Red Pierrot, Talicada nyseus. Journal of Biosciences, 36 (5). pp. 845-850. ISSN 0973-7138

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The maternally inherited obligate bacteria Wolbachia is known to infect various lepidopteran insects. However, so far only a few butterfly species harbouring this bacterium have been thoroughly studied. The current study aims to identify the infection status of these bacteria in some of the commonly found butterfly species in India. A total of nine butterfly species belonging to four different families were screened using PCR with Wolbachia-specific wsp and ftsZ primers. The presence of the Wolbachia super group 'B' in the butterflies Red Pierrot, Talicada nyseus (Guerin) (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) and Blue Mormon, Papilio polymnestor Cramer (Papilionidae), is documented for the first time in India. The study also gives an account on the lifetime fecundity and female-biased sex ratio in T. nyseus, suggesting a putative role for Wolbachia in the observed female-biased sex ratio distortion. © Indian Academy of Sciences.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: genomic DNA, butterfly; endosymbiont; fecundity; host-symbiont interaction; infectivity; microbial activity; polymerase chain reaction; sex ratio, Ariadne merione; article; Catopsilia pyranthe; controlled study; Danaus chrysippus; Danaus genutia; endosymbiont; Euploea core; female; fertility; gene amplification; hatching; Lepidoptera; male; metamorphosis; molecular recognition; morphology; nonhuman; Papilio demoleus; Papilio polymnestor; Papilionoidea; parthenogenesis; phenotype; polymerase chain reaction; rearing; sex difference; Talicada nyseus; Tirumala limniace; Wolbachia; animal; butterfly; microbiology; molecular typing; physiology; sex ratio; symbiosis, Bacteria (microorganisms); Hexapoda; Lepidoptera; Lycaenidae; Papilio; Papilionidae; Papilionoidea; Wolbachia, Animals; Butterflies; Female; Fertility; Male; Molecular Typing; Sex Factors; Sex Ratio; Symbiosis; Wolbachia
Subjects: Faculty of Science > Environmental and Biological Sciences > Biological Sciences
Divisions: Jnana Bharathi / Central College Campus > Department of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Mr. Kirana Kumar D
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2016 06:59
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2016 06:59
URI: http://eprints-bangaloreuniversity.in/id/eprint/2317

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