Wolbachia infection in the Loxoblemmus complex (Orthoptera: Gryllidae) in Korea

Gilsang Jeong, Jaeha Ahn, Yikweon Jang, Jae Chun Choe, Hansu Choi

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The Wolbachia bacterium is one of the most prevalent intracellular symbionts of invertebrates, particularly insects. This bacterium induces four distinct reproductive anomalies such as cytoplasmic incompatibility, feminization, male killing, and parthenogenesis of its hosts. Here we report that three closely related cricket species, Loxoblemmus doenitzi, L. campestris, and L. equestris can become infected with Wolbachia. Based on the 16s rRNA sequences, all three species were single infections. However, Wolbachia infecting L. campestris showed diverse Wolbachia surface protein gene sequences resembling multiple infections. In addition, all Wolbachia strains in the three host species harbored the Wolbachia specific bacteriophage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-566
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Asia-Pacific Entomology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • Loxoblemmus
  • Phylogeny
  • WO phage
  • Wolbachia specific 16s rRNA
  • Wolbachia surface protein (wsp)


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