Aporcelaimus superbus




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Aporcelaimus superbus (de Man, 1880) Goodey, 1951

Type species of the family Aporcelaimidae and the genus Aporcelaimus: Dorylaimus superbus de Man, 1880 = Aporcelaimus superbus (de Man, 1880) Goodey, 1951
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Morphology and Anatomy:

Descriptions of this species are generally rather vague because original descriptions by de Man were not very deatiled.  Also, identified as A. superbus, but differing slightly in morphometrics and morphology,  have been reported from many countries in Europe.



  • Females amphidelphic; ovaries rather long
  • Vulva transverse with sclerotized inner lips.
  • Male with ventromedian supplements, spaced.

  • Spicules somewhat swollen

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Categorized as predators and omnivores (Yeates et al., 1993). Nematodes of the genus are reported feeding on other ematodes and on oligochaets.

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Biology and Ecology:

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Ecosystem Functions and Services:

Regulation of opportunistic species by predation.

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Andrassy, I. 2000. Four large-sized species of the family Aporcelaimidae (Nematoda, Dorylaimida) with proposal of a new genus, Epacrolaimus gen. n. Opuscula Zoologica Budapest 32:3-26.

Andrassy, I. 2001. A taxonomic review of the genera Aporcelaimus Thorne & Swanger, 1936 and Metapoorcelaimus Lordello, 1965 (Nematoda, Aporcelaimidae) Opusc Zool Budapest 33:7-47.

Andrassy, I. 2009. Free-living Nematodes of Hungary III.  Hungarian Natural History Museum, Budapest. 608p.

Thorne, G. 1930.  Predacious nemas of the genus Nygolaimus and a new genus, Aporcelaimus. Journal of Agricultural Reaearch 41:445-466.

Thorne, G. and Swanger, H.H. 1936. A monograph of the nematode genera Dorylaimus Dujardin, Aporcelaimus n.g., Dorylaimoides n.g. and Pungentus n.g. Capita Zool. 6:1-223.

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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Revised: September 14, 2020.