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Nematode structure and life: Wide range of life habits requires combination of characters for identification of parasites classified among nematodes


A. R. Maggenti
M. W. Allen

Authors Affiliations

A. R. Maggenti is Assistant Nematologist, University of California, Davis; M. W. Allen is Professor of Plant Nematology, University of California, Davis.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 13(9):5-12. DOI:10.3733/ca.v013n09p5. September 1959.

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The many thousands of species of nematodes in the phylum Nemata are a group of animals commonly placed into four categories: parasites of man and animals; parasites of plants; species living in marine and brackish water; and free-living soil and fresh-water species. No single character or criterion can be used to distinguish nematodes from other similar animals, although one feature-not structural–sets nematodes apart, and that is the tremendous variation in size. Nematodes vary in length from the 1/125" ectoparasites of plants to the 25' long parasite of whales.

Maggenti A, Allen M. 1959. Nematode structure and life: Wide range of life habits requires combination of characters for identification of parasites classified among nematodes. Hilgardia 13(9):5-12. DOI:10.3733/ca.v013n09p5

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