Panagrolaimus detritophagus


Rev 03/02/2021

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Panagrolaimus detritophagus Fuchs, 1930

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Morphology and Anatomy:



Short cylindrical stoma.  Long tapering corpus with no offset metacorpus.  Valve in postcorpus.  Female monovarial, prodelphic, ovary reflexed, offset spermatheca.  Rapidly moving, very active nematodes.
Tail conical but asymmetrical, shorter on ventral side.    
  Male spicules with short terminal bifurcation.  

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


No caudal alae.
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Common in agricultural soils around Davis, California.  Also reported from South America and Europe.

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Active bacterial feeders (Yeates et al., 1993).

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Biology and Ecology:



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Life Cycle:

Ecophysiological Parameters:

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Ecosystem Functions and Services:

Bacterially-mediated decomposition of organic matter; nitrogen mineralization.


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Ferris, H., R. C. Venette and S. S. Lau. 1997. Population energetics of bacterial-feeding nematodes: Carbon and Nitrogen budgets. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 29:1183-1194.

Ferris, H., R. C. Venette, H. R. van der Meulen and S. S. Lau. 1998. Nitrogen mineralization by bacterial-feeding nematodes: verification and measurement. Plant and Soil 203:159-171.

Bongers, T. and H. Ferris. 1999. Nematode community structure as a bioindicator in environmental monitoring. Trends in Evolution and Ecology 14:224-228.

Yeates, G.W., T. Bongers, R. G. M. De Goede, D. W. Freckman, and S. S. Georgieva. 1993. Feeding habits in soil nematode families and genera—An outline for soil ecologists. Journal of Nematology 25:315-331

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Copyright © 1999 by Howard Ferris.
Revised: March 02, 2021 .