Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Symbionts in Tsetse Flies

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_3063
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There are two members of the enterobacterian type found in the gut. The obligate mutualist Wigglesworthia and the faculcative secondary (= S =) symbiont Sodalis. A third type is the parasite microbe Wolbachia pipientis which is related to the λ-proteobacteria. The gut microbes are transmitted to the progeny of the flies via the mother's “milk glands”, while the Wolbachia-stages are included into the eggs.

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