We examined the growth and development of the trichomycete Smittium culisetae (Harpellales: Legeriomycetaceae) in the larval hosts Simulium vittatum Zetterstedt (Diptera: Simuliidae) and Aedes aegypti (L.) (Diptera: Culicidae) at three temperatures, 17, 22 and 30 C. Trichospore maturation of Sm. culicetae external to the host as well as the ability of these trichospores to colonize new hosts also was investigated. Although the development of Sm. culisetae varied with both temperature and host there was a pattern of maximum trichospore production at 48-72 h postinoculation. In addition thalli under laboratory conditions are capable of spore production after extraction from a host and these trichospores can colonize new hosts. Furthermore this was noted to occur in both host species. These results suggest that synchrony between host and symbiont development is not as tightly coupled as previously assumed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology