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First Record of Microsporidia Infection in the Damselfly Ischnura elegans Larvae: Temperature and Predator Cue Effects on the Host’s Life History

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Institute of Nature Conservation, Polish Academy of Sciences, al. Adama Mickiewicza 33, 31-120 Kraków, Poland
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Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University, ul. Gronostajowa 7, 30-387 Kraków, Poland
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Department of Biology, University of Lund, Sölvegatan 35, SE-223 62 Lund, Sweden
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Academic Editors: M. Olalla Lorenzo-Carballa and Ricardo Koroiva
Diversity 2022, 14(6), 428; https://doi.org/10.3390/d14060428
Received: 27 March 2022 / Revised: 20 May 2022 / Accepted: 24 May 2022 / Published: 27 May 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Diversity, Ecology and Evolution of Odonata)
Here, we report, for the first time, a microsporidian infection in laboratory-reared larvae of the damselfly Ischnura elegans. Infected larvae originated from field-collected adult females, which were caught in southern Poland in August 2020 (the second half of the flight season). Higher rearing temperatures and the presence of predator cues from the invasive alien signal crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus) increased the number of infected larvae. Infected larvae had distorted wing development, and all individuals died before emergence. Hence, microsporidian infection in I. elegans larvae impacted damselfly morphology and life history. We propose that warming temperature and stress caused by non-consumptive effects triggered by invasive alien predators are possible factors that produce negative fitness consequences following microsporidian infection in a key amphibious ectotherm. View Full-Text
Keywords: microsporidia; parasitism; predator–prey interaction; invasive alien species; temperature; Ischnura elegans; Pacifastacus leniusculus microsporidia; parasitism; predator–prey interaction; invasive alien species; temperature; Ischnura elegans; Pacifastacus leniusculus
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Antoł, A.; Labecka, A.M.; Larsson, J.I.R.; Sniegula, S. First Record of Microsporidia Infection in the Damselfly Ischnura elegans Larvae: Temperature and Predator Cue Effects on the Host’s Life History. Diversity 2022, 14, 428. https://doi.org/10.3390/d14060428

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Antoł A, Labecka AM, Larsson JIR, Sniegula S. First Record of Microsporidia Infection in the Damselfly Ischnura elegans Larvae: Temperature and Predator Cue Effects on the Host’s Life History. Diversity. 2022; 14(6):428. https://doi.org/10.3390/d14060428

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Antoł, Andrzej, Anna Maria Labecka, J. I. Ronny Larsson, and Szymon Sniegula. 2022. "First Record of Microsporidia Infection in the Damselfly Ischnura elegans Larvae: Temperature and Predator Cue Effects on the Host’s Life History" Diversity 14, no. 6: 428. https://doi.org/10.3390/d14060428

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