TitleHeydenius brownii sp n. (Nematoda : Mermithidae) parasitising a planthopper (Homoptera : Achilidae) in Baltic amber
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsPoinar, GO
JournalNematology
Volume3
Pagination753-757
Type of ArticleJournal Article
ISSN1388-5545
Abstract

A fossil mermithid nematode. Heydenius brownii sp. n. (Nematoda: Mermithidae) emerging from a planthopper (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea: Achilidae) in Baltic amber, is described. This is the first parasite of a fossil member of the order Hemiptera. There are no reports of mermithid parasitism of extant achilids; however, other families of planthoppers are attacked by mermithids in North America, Asia and Australia today. This find shows that parasitism of achilid fulgorids by mermithid nematodes was well established some 40 million years ago.

URL<Go to ISI>://WOS:000175278900004
DOI10.1163/156854101753625263