Iin, D., Zhang, L., Shao, W.D., Li, X., Liu, X., Wu, H., & Rao, Q. 2019 Phylogenetic analyses and characteristics of the microbiomes from five mealybugs (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae). Ecology and Evolution 9(4): 1972-1984


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  • Notes: Molecular phylogenetic analyses revealed that these five mealybugs were subdivided into two different clusters. One cluster of mealybugs (Dysmicoccus neobrevipes, Pseudococcus comstocki, and Planococcus minor) harbored the primary endosymbiont “Candidatus Tremblaya princeps,” and another cluster (Phenacoccus solenopsis and Phenacoccus solani) harbored “Ca. Tremblaya phenacola.” We concluded that the symbiont phylogeny was largely concordant with the host phylogeny. These results provide a theoretical basis for further research on the coevolution of mealybugs and their symbiotic microorganisms.