Punctodera Mulvey & Stone, 1976
Refer to Subfamily Diagnostics (Heteroderinae)
for taxonomic history and distinctions among related genera.
Body globose, spherical to pear-shaped with short neck and no
Cuticle thick, with superficial, reticulate pattern; subcuticle
with punctation. D-layer present; subcrystalline layer present,
Vulva terminal; vulval slit less than 5 µm long, surrounded by a
circular circumfenestra; no vulval cone' no perineal papillae; no underbridge; no
Anus surrounded by a separate circular (anal) fenestra.
Eggs retained in body (no egg mass).
field with four lines.
Spicules greater than 30 µm long, slightly curved, distally
No cloacal tube.
Tail very short, rounded.
Stylet less than 30 µm long.
glands fill body cavity.
Tail conical, to conical-effilated with long, hyaline, terminal
[Ref: Luc, Maggenti & Fortuner, (1988).]
Nurse cell system: A syncytium.
Species of Punctodera are reported mainly from grasses and
Luc, Maggenti & Fortuner, Rev. Nematol. 11:159-176 (1988).