Survey of heritable endosymbionts in southern Mexico populations of the fruit fly species Anastrepha striata and A. ludens. Academic Article uri icon


  • Heritable endosymbiotic bacteria associated with insects are ubiquitous and taxonomically diverse. Many of these endosymbionts influence the fitness of their hosts and/or manipulate their host reproduction. Exploiting the effects of endosymbionts on hosts for pest control is a growing research area, but requires knowledge of endosymbionts associated with the target pest population. In this study, we used molecular methods to screen southern Mexico populations of two species of tephritid fruit fly pests, Anastrepha ludens and A. striata, for heritable bacteria. The only heritable endosymbiont found was Wolbachia in A. striata. Based on multilocus sequence typing and phylogenetic analyses, this Wolbachia strain is new and belongs to the Wolbachia supergroup B. Wolbachia strains previously reported in members of the genus Anastrepha in South America belong to supergroup A. We discuss the potential implications for pest control of the presence of a different Wolbachia strain in southern Mexico.

published proceedings

  • Curr Microbiol

author list (cited authors)

  • Martnez, H., Toledo, J., Liedo, P., & Mateos, M.

citation count

  • 18

complete list of authors

  • Martínez, Humberto||Toledo, Jorge||Liedo, Pablo||Mateos, Mariana

publication date

  • December 2012