[Taxacom] if not Wolbachia, what could be the reason?
hans.henderickx at pandora.be
Mon Feb 25 04:40:34 CST 2008
Dear Soowon Cho,
Some years a go I found an isolated colony of the parthenogenetic
(exclusively females) moth Luffia (lapidella ferchaultella) in Mol, Belgium.
In this isolated colony from time to time an exclusive single male was
produced! In a few years I found about 4 male specimens amongst thousands of
All other known kolonies in Belgium and The Netherlands exist exclusively
out of triploid parthenogenetic females. The reason for this anomaly might
be found in a possible infection (Wolbachia?). I still have the specimens,
but at that time (more than 15 years ago) no genetic difference or infection
could be tested.
In the south of Europe another Luffia subspecies (lapidella lapidella) is
purely bisexual, and the males of this species are quite identical with the
few males that appeared in Mol, Belgium (genital morpholgy).
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