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A virgin killer : The phorid Trucidophora feldhaarae sp n. parasitizes female reproductives of obligate plant-ants of the genus Crematogaster (Diptera : Phoridae; Formicidae : Myrmicinae)

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Maschwitz, Ulrich ; Feldhaar, Heike ; Disney, Ronald H. L.:
A virgin killer : The phorid Trucidophora feldhaarae sp n. parasitizes female reproductives of obligate plant-ants of the genus Crematogaster (Diptera : Phoridae; Formicidae : Myrmicinae).
In: Sociobiology. Vol. 47 (2006) Issue 3 . - pp. 811-828.
ISSN 0361-6525

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Female reproductives of two closely related species of obligate plant-ants of the genus Crematogaster (Decacrema) were found to be parasitized by a scuttle fly. Its larvae were found in the gaster of its ant host. Non-mated females were parasitized when they were still inside the nest within the interior of their Macaranga host-plants. In contrast, no parasitoids could be bred from mated foundresses, pupae of female reproductives, males, or workers. The scuttle fly parasitoid was observed in twelve of the 31 colonies (in 39) examined of C morphospecies 2, with an average of 5 of the virgin queens being infested. Additionally, in one of six examined colonies of the closely related C morphospecies I alate females were found to be parasitized. In other species from the SE-Asian Crematogaster (Decacrema) complex that are also associated with Macaranga host plants the parasitoid was not found. The scuttle fly is described by RHLD and assigned to the genus Trucidophora, whose recognition is clarified, and named T. feldhaarae Disney sp. n.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER102051
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Animal Ecology I
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Professorship Animal Population Ecology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Professorship Animal Population Ecology > Professorship Animal Population Ecology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heike Feldhaar
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 500 Natural sciences
500 Science > 570 Life sciences, biology
500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2015 08:50
Last Modified: 02 May 2015 15:12
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/10801