First report of a trichomycete fungus (Zygomycota: Trichomycetes) inhabiting larvae of Simulium ochraceum sensu lato Walker (Diptera: Simuliidae) from the Galapagos Islands

Mark P. Nelder, John W. McCreadie, Cecilia Coscarón, Charles L. Brockhouse

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A collection of the larval black fly Simulium ochraceum sensu lato Walker was made at six lotic habitats on San Cristobal Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, during May 2003. Sixty-eight larvae were assayed for the presence of gut fungi (Zygomycota: Trichomycetes). A trichomycete, designated as Smittium sp. was found inhabiting the hindgut of 17.6% of S. ochraceum s.l. larvae. Implications of this finding with respect to both host and trichomycete biogeography are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-44
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Invertebrate Pathology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2004


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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