A New Ataloderinae (Nematoda: Heteroderidae), Thecavermiculatus gracililancea n. gen., n. sp.

R. T. Robbins


The cavermiculatus gracililancea n. gen., n . sp. is described from the roots of Festuca myuros L. ("rattail fescue") a range grass in Monterey County, California. The cavermiculatus females have a slight terminal prominence on which are located the vulva and anus, while its closest relatives , Atalodera and Sherodera, have a large terminal prominence. Furthermore, in T. gracililancea the hatched second-stage juveniles are retained in the female body while Atalodera and Sherodera females retain embryonated eggs. Key Words: Nematode taxonomy.

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