Family Diploscapteridae

                                 Rev 08/24/2020

Classification:

      Chromadorea

       Rhabditida
        Rhabditina 
         Rhabditoidea
          Diploscapteridae Micoletzky, 1922

Morphology and Anatomy:

Key to genera of Diploscapteridae (from Andrassy, 2005).

  1. Each labial hook with a short spine close to mouth opening; stoma cylinder width about 30% of body diameter at the same level        Carinoscapter Siddiqi, 1998
  2. Labial hooks without spines.  Stoma cylinder 20-25% as wide as corresponding body diameter                                                         Diploscapter Cobb, 1913

Life Cycle:

Bacterivores; hooks on lips may rasp bacteria from surfaces and provide currents to sweep bacteria towards mouth.

 

References

Andrassy, I. 2005. Free-living nematodes of Hungary Vol I.  Hungarian Natural History Museum.

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