Meloidogyne arabicida




Rev 10/22/2023

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           Meloidogyne arabicida. Lopez & Salazar, 1989

a coffee Root-knot Nematode

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Morphology and Anatomy:



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

Second-stage juvenile

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Described from the Turrialba and San Isidro Valleys of Costs Rica.  Distribution apparently limited (Subbotin et al., 2021).

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Economic Importance:

Important pest on coffee in Costa Rica.


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Sedentary endoparasite.

Feeding site establishment and development typical of genus.

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Life Cycle:

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coffee root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne arabicida  (Tylenchida: Heteroderidae) - 1356087

Besides causing direct damage to coffee, M. arabicida is involved in a disease complex with Fusarium oxysporum which is known as corchosis or corky root and is expressed as a corky texture and cracking sympoms on main and secondary roots (Humphreys-Pereira et al., 2014).

Corky root symptoms of the disease complex induced by Meloidogyne arabicida and Fusarium oxysporum.

photograph from Humphreys-Pereira et al., 2014.


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Humphreys-Pereira, D.A., Flores-Chavez, L., Gomez, M., Salazar, L. Gomez-Alpizar, L.E., Elling, A.A. 2014. Meloidogyne lopezi n.sp. (Nematode: Meloidogynidae, a new root-knot nematode. Nematology 16:643-661.

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Revised: October 22, 2023.