Ektaphelenchus (Fuchs, 1937) Skrjabin
et al., 1954
The genus Ektaphelenchus is considered
by some authors to be in the family Eaktaphelenchidae.
Ref: Nickle, 1970.
Most species of Ektaphelenchus species have been described from
pine trees (Ruhm, 1956; Massey, 1974) and associated with insect hosts
(Hunt, 1993). Little is known of theirl biology and mode of interaction with
insect vectors or other nematode species (Gu et al., 2013). Both E.
taiwanensis and E. koreanus have been reported to feed
on Aphelenchoides sp. (Gu et al.,2013; Gu et al., 2019).
The potential predatory role of Ektaphelenchus spp. on insects
and other nematodes requires further research.
Many species are predators of insects although E.
taiwanensis was observed to feed on nematodes (Aphelenchoides
The insect predators form cocoon-like structures under the elytra of
insects or on the hind wings. They are assumed to feed by penetrating
the isect with their stylets (Gu et al., 2013).
Alvani, S., Esmat Mahdikhani-Moghadam, Robin M. Giblin-Davis and Majid
Pedram, 2016. Description of Ektaphelenchus berbericus n. sp. (Rhabditida:
Ektaphelenchinae) from eastern Iran. Nematology 18:1063-1077.
Gu, J., Maria, M., Fang, Y., Liu, L. 2019. Description of Ektaphelenchus
koreanus n. sp. (Nematoda:Ektaphelenchidae) with morphometrical notes on the
Ektaphelenchus species. J. Nematology 51: DOI:
Gu, J., Wang, J., Chen, X. 2013. Description of Ektaphelenchus
taiwanensis sp.n. (Nematoda: Ektaphelenchinae) found in packaging wood from
Taiwan. Nematology 15:329-338.
Hunt, D. J. 1993. Aphelenchida, Longidoridae and Trichodoridae: their
systematics and bionomics, CAB International, Wallingford.
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the Aphelenchoidea (Fuchs, 1937) Thorne, 1949 (Nematoda: Tylenchida) . J.