Mycangia of the ambrosia beetle, Austroplatypus incompertus (Schedl) (Coleoptera

Curculionidae: Platypodinae)

Deborah S. Kent*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Ambrosia beetles have an obligate relationship with the ambrosia fungi that they feed on. This requires that the beetles have means to transport those fungi when they colonise new hosts. Some ambrosia beetles have special structures called mycangia to transport fungi in. This paper describes the mycangia of the ambrosia beetle Austroplatypus incompertus and illustrates how the mycangical hairs are probably used by the beetle to acquire fungal spores for transport. The mycangia and probable method of fungal acquisition of this species are compared with those of other ambrosia beetles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-12
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Journal of Entomology
Volume47
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008

Keywords

  • Ambrosia beetle
  • Austroplatypus incompertus
  • Mycangia
  • Platypodinae

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