Dolichodorus profundus




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         Dolichodorus profundus Luc, 1960



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Morphology and Anatomy:



Median bulb well-developed.  

Excretory pore level with center of median bulb

Basal esophageal bulb elongate-pyriform. Not overlapping intestine. .  

Ovaries paired, outstretched, spermathecae present.

Tail tapering abruptly then elongate conoid.    

Male: Similar to female.

Spicules and gubernaculum slightly arcuate.

Males have unique caudal alae, well-developed. Tail tip not bifurcate.





Dolichodorus profundus A: anterior portion of female; B: head; C: lateral field anterior to vulva; D: female tail: E: male tail; F: head region of Dolichodorus heterocephalus for comparison with B.
Source: Luc, 1960

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Recorded from soil around roots of cocnut palms, Cocos nucifera, in Togo, West Africa.  Encountered at depths of 100-120 cm below the soil surface, close to the water table.  By comparison, other species of plant-parasitic nematodes associated with the roots were mainly in the upper 50 cm of soil.

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Economic Importance:



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Ectoparasite mainly at root tip; nematode has long stylet.

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Luc, M. 1960. Dolichodorus profundus n. sp. (Nematoda-Tylenchida). Nematologica 5:1-6.


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Copyright © 1999 by Howard Ferris.
Revised: November 19, 2019.