Ref: Nickle, 1970
is distinguished from other genera in the Aphelenchodinae by the
well-developed stylet without basal knobs or swellings, vulva located at >
80% of body length and tail having a digitiform spike with a finely pointed
terminus (Hunt, 1993). The genus is quite rare. Phylogenetic analysis
suggests a close realtionship to Bursapehelenchus
(Fang et al., 2015).
Endoparasitic predators of insects although E.
spondylis was observed to feed on nematodes (Pseudodiplogasteroides
Fang, Y., Gu, J., Wang, X., Wang , J., Li, H. 2015.
Description of Sheraphelenchus parabrevigulonis n. sp. (Nematoda:
Aphelenchoididae) in pine wood packaging from Italy and redescription of S.
sucus in onion bulbs from South Korea, isolated at Ningbo, China. Nematology
Nickle, W.R. 1970. A Taxonomic Review of the Genera of
the Aphelenchoidea (Fuchs, 1937) Thorne, 1949 (Nematoda: Tylenchida) . J.