Aspidonema (Sachs, 1949) Andrassy, 1958
Many nematode species of the Bunonematoidea
appear to have phoretic relationships with insects, particularly insects in
the order Coleoptera and family Scarabaeidae. The type of phoresy may be
interpreted from the insect body parts invaded by the nematodes and the
elaborate cuticular ornamentations and extracuticular deposits of the
nematodes that apparently aid their survival in the stressful environments
of the insect body (Nazir et al., 2019).
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