Anguinidae (Nicoll, 1935 )
A family of free-living
(fungus feeders) as well as facultative and obligate parasites of higher plants,
frequently parasites of the above ground parts of plants.
Morphology and Anatomy:
- Body slender, vermiform or somewhat swollen in mature
Lateral field with either four or six or more lines.
- Low, flattened anterior end, small delicate stylet; labial framework lightly sclerotized.
Amphid apertures small, lateral slits.
phasmids generally absent.
- Female genital system with sixteen-celled tubular
spermatheca, in line with genital tract; columned uterus with four rows of cells or it may
be a multicelled structure.
Post-uterine sac length variable from very long to none at all.
- Female tails
conoid not elongated.
short, leptoderan, sometimes long and
- Sperm cells with large amount of cytoplasm (exception:
- Family contains free-living (fungus feeders) as well as facultative and obligate higher plant parasites, normally parasites of the above ground parts.
[Ref: Fortuner & Maggenti, Rev. Nematol. 10(2):163-176 (1987) and
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