Climatic effects on the distribution of ant- and bat fly-associated fungal ectoparasites (Ascomycota, Laboulbeniales)

Szentiványi, Tamara and Haelewaters, Danny and Rádai, Zoltán and Mizsei, Edvárd and Pfliegler, Walter P. and Báthori, Ferenc and Tartally, András and Christe, Philippe and Glaziot, Olivier (2019) Climatic effects on the distribution of ant- and bat fly-associated fungal ectoparasites (Ascomycota, Laboulbeniales). FUNGAL ECOLOGY, 39. pp. 371-379. ISSN 1754-5048

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Laboulbeniales (Ascomycota: Laboulbeniomycetes) are obligate ectoparasitic fungi of arthropods with a worldwide distribution. Their effects on host physiology and behaviour as well as their ecology have recently gained wider attention. One aspect that is virtually unknown regarding Laboulbeniales and arthropod-associated fungi in general, is how abiotic factors shape the distribution of these parasites. We used ant- and bat fly-associated Laboulbeniales to study whether climatic elements play a role in the distribution of fungal species. We collected uninfected and Laboulbeniales-infected insects belonging to three species: bat flies Nycteribia schmidlii and Penicillidia conspicua (Diptera: Nycteribiidae) and the ant Myrmica scabrinodis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). We used climatic variables and performed statistical analyses to explain the distribution of Laboulbeniales infection. Our results show a higher likelihood of Laboulbeniales presence in habitats with low annual mean temperature and humidity, suggesting that climatic elements can considerably shape the distribution of Laboulbeniales species.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QL Zoology / állattan
Depositing User: dr András Tartally
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2019 10:43
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 10:43

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