Pratylenchus goodeyi




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           Pratylenchus goodeyi Sher & Allen, 1953


Tylenchus musicola Goodey, 1928

Anguillulina musivola Goodey, 1932

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Morphology and Anatomy:

Mature Female:

Flattened lip region.

Ventral overlap of esophageal gland over intestine.

Monovarial, prodelphic, with post-uterine sac.  Note the presence of sperm in the spermatheca.


Typical flattened lip region and esophageal characters of genus.


Peloderan bursa.

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

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Pratylenchus goodeyi is considered native to Africa.  It is widely distributed on banana in the Canary Islands and East Africa.

Ecological ranges of Radopholus similis and Pratylenchus goodeyi differ in sub-Saharan Africa banana plantations. R. similis appears to be a recent introduction to Africa and is prevalent at lower altitudes with higher soil temperature.

Pratylenchus goodeyi is the predominant migratory endoparasite of bananas at altitudes above 1000 m with lower soil temperatures. That area produces about 25% of the world's bananas and plantains, mainly for domestic use.

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Economic Importance:

D-rated pest in California Nematode Pest Rating System.

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Migratory endoparasite.     

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Life Cycle:

Ecophysiological Parameters:

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Males common.

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Similar damage to Radopholus similis in banana. Lesions, cavities, root destruction.

Most serious root pest of cooking banana in Tanzania; occurred on 94% of farms sampled and caused toppling or yield loss on 85% of farms.

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Similar management strategies are proposed as for R similis. However, in many cases those practices are not economically feasible as production is generally on small subsistence farms with no economic base.

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

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CIH 120

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Copyright © 1999 by Howard Ferris.
Revised: June 01, 2021.