The present study was conducted on protist species from R. lucifugus “Sicily” subspecies in a field site ofPalermo (Sicily, Italy) on June 2015. Since protist species associated with R. lucifugus in Europe are stillconfused and recent revisions are lacking, this work aims at achieving greater clarity on these symbiosistrough a review of the literature in light of new phylogenetic studies on this termite species. The purposeof this work was also to highlight and quantify protists associated with the Sicilian subspecies, R. l.“Sicily”. Results pointed out the real protist community attributable to R. lucifugus from the literatureand showed 13 protist species detected in the subspecies R. l. “Sicily”. These species were consistentwith previous reports except for Spironympha sp., mentioned for the first time from this termite. Totalprotist population estimates was 26,814.71 ± 1,121.92 protists per termite. Dinenympha exilis and D.gracilis were found in greater abundance with relative species abundance of 17%. Monocercomonastermitis, Microjoenia hexamitoides, Trichonympha minor and Pyrsonympha flagellata could be used todistinguish R. lucifugus because these protists are not found in other Reticulitermes species.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||JOURNAL OF ENTOMOLOGY AND ZOOLOGY STUDIES|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|