Communities of microbes that inhabit the changing hindgut landscape of a subsocial beetle

James B. Nardi, Charles Mark Bee, Lou Ann Miller, Nhu H Nguyen, Sung Oui Suh, Meredith Blackwell

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

47 Scopus citations

Abstract

Microbes that have adopted endosymbiotic life styles not only have evolved to live in specialized habitats within living organisms, but the living habitats also have evolved to accommodate them. The hindgut of the passalid beetle (Odontotaenius disjunctus) is lined with a cuticle that undergoes dramatic topographic changes during the life cycle of the beetle. This manuscript addresses the changes that have been observed in time and space for the cuticular landscape of the hindgut as well as for the microbial communities within the hindgut. Microbial identity is based on morphology, culture, and extrapolation from previously reported passalid gut inhabitants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-68
Number of pages12
JournalArthropod Structure and Development
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2006

Keywords

  • Endosymbionts
  • Fungi
  • Hindgut
  • Microbes
  • Passalid beetles
  • Protists

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Communities of microbes that inhabit the changing hindgut landscape of a subsocial beetle'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Nardi, J. B., Bee, C. M., Miller, L. A., Nguyen, N. H., Suh, S. O., & Blackwell, M. (2006). Communities of microbes that inhabit the changing hindgut landscape of a subsocial beetle. Arthropod Structure and Development, 35(1), 57-68. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asd.2005.06.003