TitlePaleorhodococcus dominicanus n. gen., n sp (Actinobacteria) in a faecal droplet of Triatoma dominicana (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Triatominae) in Dominican amber
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsPoinar, GO
JournalHistorical Biology
Volume24
Pagination219-221
Type of ArticleJournal Article
ISSN0891-2963
Abstract

Paleorhodococcus dominicanus n. gen., n sp. (Actinobacteria) is described from a faecal droplet of Triatoma dominicana (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Triatominae) in Dominican amber. The fossil can be distinguished from the species of the closely related extant genus Rhodococcus Zopf 1891 by its spherical-ellipsoidal cocci forming substrate filaments with elementary branching, the clustering of coccoidal elements, the short filaments bearing reduced side branches and its occurrence in a faecal droplet of the extinct triatomine bug, P. dominicanus. This is the first fossil record of an Actinobacter, which shows that these organisms formed symbiotic associations with insects by the mid-Tertiary.

URL<Go to ISI>://WOS:000304481500001
DOI10.1080/08912963.2011.615931