Cactodera cacti   




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           Cactodera cacti Krall and Krall, 1978

Cactus cyst nematode.   


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Morphology and Anatomy:


Female: Cyst stage present; circumfenestrate.  Eggs with tubercles..  


Male: Body twisted.  

Reported median body size for this species (Length mm; width micrometers; weight micrograms) - Click:


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Economic Importance:

D-rated pest in California Nematode Pest Rating System.

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Nurse cell system: A syncytium.

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Cactus; the following are listed as hosts in various literature sources:



Common Name


Common Name

Aporocactus flagelliformis Lem.

Rat-Tail Cactus

Mammillaria longimamma DC.

Pincushion Cactus

Borzicactus trollii Kimnach

Old Man of the Andes

Mammillaria magnimamma Haw.

Pincushion Cactus

Cereus sp. Mill.


Mammillaria martinezii K. Schum.

Pincushion Cactus

Cereus speciosus K. Schum.


Mammillaria parkinsonii Ehrenb.

Pincushion Cactus

Cereus xanthocarpus K. Schum.


Mammillaria perbella Hildm.

Pincushion Cactus

Chamaecereus silvestri Britt. & Rose

Peanut Cactus

Mammillaria pringlei


Coryphantha macrothele ?

Mammillaria prolifera Haw.


Echinopsis aurea Britt. & Rose

Sea Urchin Cactus

Mammillaria saetigera

Pincushion Cactus

Echinopsis sp. L.

Mammillaria sempervivi DC.

Pincushion Cactus

Epiphyllum sp. Haw.

Orchid Cactus

Mammillaria sonorensis R. T. Craig.

Pincushion Cactus

Ferocactus latispinus Britt. & Rose.

Devil's Tongue

Mammillaria sp. Haw.

Pincushion Cactus

Ferocactus pilosus Werderm.

Barrel Cactus

Mammillaria spinosissima Lem.

Pincushion Cactus

Ferocactus setispinus L. Bens.

Strawberry Cactus

Mammillaria winterae Bod.

Pincushion Cactus

Ferocactus sp. Britt. & Rose.

Barrel Cactus

Mammillaria woodsii R. T. Craig

Pincushion Cactus

Gymnocalycium baldianum Speg.

Chin Cactus

Nopalxochia ackermannii F.M. Knuth

Red Orchid Cactus

Gymnocalycium denudatum Pfeiff

Spider Cactus

Notocactus ottonis A. Berger.

Ball Cactus

Gymnocalycium joossensianum Britton & Rose

Chin Cactus

Notocactus tabularis A. Berger.

Ball Cactus

Gymnocalycium multiflorum Britton & Rose

Chin Cactus

Opuntia macdougaliana

Prickly Pear

Gymnocalycium quehlianum Vaup. ex Hosseus

Chin Cactus

Opuntia microdasys Pfeiffer


Lobivia pentlandii Britt. & Rose

Cob Cactus

Opuntia pailana

Prickly Pear

Lobivia sp.

Opuntia sp. Mill.


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Life Cycle:

Ecophysiological Parameters:

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Host Plant Resistance, Non-hosts and Crop Rotation alternatives:

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Baldwin, J.G., Mundo-Ocampo, M., McClure, M. 1997. Cactodera salina n.sp. From the estuary plant, Salicornia bigelovii, in Sonora, Mexico. J. Nematology 29:465-473.

Evans, K., Rowe, J.A. 1998. Distribution and economic importance. In S.B. Sharma (ed). The Cyst Nematodes. Kluwer



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Revised: November 19, 2019.