Priostonchus sp. n. (Rhabditida: Diplogastridae) is described from a population of Citrus Longhorn Beetles. Alive adults of this Cerambycid were collected from Acer saccharinum trees at Assago and Parabiago (Villastanza), two localities near Milan (Italy). The natural occurrence of the entomogenous nematode in the beetle was not frequent and widespread in thestudy area. Preliminary laboratory infectivity tests highlight the potential parasitic nature of thenematode. However, it was not successfully maintained in storage and culture. The diplogasteridPristionchus sp. has rather complicate systematic thus a biomolecular analysis based on DNA isnecessary for more specific identification and to understand whether the nematode is autotochtoneor was brought with this new invasive Coleopteran. Further studies are necessary before this nematode can be considered as a biological control agent of the A. chinensis.
|Numero di pagine||4|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2009|