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             Cricodorylaimus Ahmad & Sturhan, 2001
Type species of the genus is Cricodorylaimus africanus Ahmad & Sturhan, 2001
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Morphology and Anatomy:

Cricodorylaimus is distinguished by the short obese body with strongly striated subcuticle, cuticularised pieces around the stoma and a monodelphic prodelphic female genital tract.

It differs from all known genera in the family Qudsianematidae in the nature of its subcuticle and in being monodelphic prodelphic. .



Body size range for the species of this genus in the database - Click:
Anterior region of Cricodorylaimus africanus
Drawing fro Ahmad and Sturhan, 2001


  • Vulva behind mid-body,V>50%, vulva a transverse slit.
  • Gonad monodelphic prodelphic; posterior branch completely absent

Ref. Ahmad and Sturhan, 2001

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Nematodes in the Tylencholaimidae often considered fungal feeders (Yeates et al., 1993)

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Life Cycle:

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Ahmad, W. and Sturhan, D, 1991. Cricodorylaimus gen. n. (Dorylaimida: Qudsianematidae), a unique nematode genus from Benin. Nematology 3:237-241.

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

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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