Morphology and molecular phylogeny of Pseudotrichonympha hertwigi and Pseudotrichonympha paulistana (Trichonymphea, Parabasalia) from Neotropical Rhinotermitids

Juan F. Saldarriaga, Gillian Gile, Erick R. James, Ales Horák, Rudolf H. Scheffrahn, Patrick J. Keeling

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Abstract

Pseudotrichonympha is a large hypermastigote parabasalian found in the hindgut of several species of rhinotermitid termites. The genus was discovered more than 100 years ago, and although over a dozen species have since been described, this represents only a small fraction of its likely diversity: the termite genera from which Pseudotrichonympha is known are all species rich, and in most cases their hindgut symbionts have not been examined. Even formally described species are mostly lacking in detailed microscopic data and/or sequence data. Using small subunit ribosomal RNA gene sequences and light and scanning electron microscopy we describe here the morphology and molecular phylogenetic position of two Pseudotrichonympha species: the type species for the genus, Pseudotrichonympha hertwigi from Coptotermes testaceus (described previously in line drawing only), and Pseudotrichonympha paulistana from Heterotermes tenuis (described previously based on light microscopy only).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)487-496
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
Volume58
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Parabasalidea
Isoptera
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rRNA Genes
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Keywords

  • Diversity
  • DNA barcoding
  • intestinal symbionts
  • Isoptera
  • lower termites
  • Parabasalia
  • Rhinotermitidae
  • Teranymphidae
  • Trichonymphida

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  • Microbiology

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Morphology and molecular phylogeny of Pseudotrichonympha hertwigi and Pseudotrichonympha paulistana (Trichonymphea, Parabasalia) from Neotropical Rhinotermitids. / Saldarriaga, Juan F.; Gile, Gillian; James, Erick R.; Horák, Ales; Scheffrahn, Rudolf H.; Keeling, Patrick J.

In: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, Vol. 58, No. 6, 11.2011, p. 487-496.

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Saldarriaga, Juan F. ; Gile, Gillian ; James, Erick R. ; Horák, Ales ; Scheffrahn, Rudolf H. ; Keeling, Patrick J. / Morphology and molecular phylogeny of Pseudotrichonympha hertwigi and Pseudotrichonympha paulistana (Trichonymphea, Parabasalia) from Neotropical Rhinotermitids. In: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology. 2011 ; Vol. 58, No. 6. pp. 487-496.
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