Phylum Proteobacteria, Class Gammaproteobacteria, Order Enterobacterales, Family Erwiniaceae, Genus Wigglesworthia,
Wigglesworthia glossinidia Aksoy 1995, single species of the genus.
Gram-negative rods, 4-5 µm long. Non-motile (lack flagella). Cells divide by binary
fission. Endospores are not formed.
Cannot be cultivated outside the host, but it is possible to keep them metabolically
active for at least 72 hours in tissue culture condition.
Has been found in various species of tsestse flies: Glossina morsitans morsitans, Glossina tachinoides, Glossina palpalis palpalis,
Glossina austeni, and Glossina brevipalpis.
Endosymbiont. Found in the mycetocytes of tsetse flies.
- Aksoy S. Wigglesworthia gen. nov. and Wigglesworthia glossinidia sp. nov., taxa consisting of the mycetocyte-associated, primary
endosymbionts of tsetse flies. Int J Syst Bacteriol 1995; 45:848-851.
(c) Costin Stoica