Meloidogyne spartinae




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           Meloidogyne spartinae (Rau & Fassuliotis, 1965) Whitehead, 1968


Hypsoperine spartinae (Rau & Fassuliotis, 1965)

Hypsoperine (Spartonema) spartinae (Rau & Fassuliotis, 1965)

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Morphology and Anatomy:



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First observed on cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) in Florida, USA,  and  described  origiinally as  Hypsosperine spartinae by Rau and Fassuliotis (1965) from specimens collected on S. alterniflora near the farm of the US Vegetable Breeding Laboratory (where Fassuliotis was stationed), located near Charleston, South Carolina, USA (Subbotin et al., 2021).

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Economic Importance:

C-rated pests in California. 

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Feeding site establishment and development typical of genus.

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Rau, G.J. and Fassuliotis, G. 1965. Hypsoperine spartinae sp.n., a gall-forming nematode on the roots of smooth cordgrass. Proc. Helmithol. Soc. Wash. 32:159-162.

Subbotin, S.A., Palomares-Rius, J.E., Castillo, P. 2021. Systematics of Root-knot Nematodes (Nematoda: Meloidoginidae). . Nematology Monograpshs and Perspectives Vol 14. (D.J. Hunt and R.J. Perry, eds).

Whitehead, A.G. 1968. Taxonomy of Meloidogyne (Heteroderidae) with descriptions of four new species Trans. Zool. Soc. London 31;263-401.

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Copyright © 1999 by Howard Ferris.
Revised: September 06, 2022.