Genus Aporcelaimus

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Family Aporcelaimidae

Genus Aporcelaimus

Aporcelaimus Thorne and Swanger, 1936


“Aporcelaiminae.  Large nematodes, 3-10mm long.  Body strongly tapering towards the anterior end.  Cuticle thick, marked with criss-cross lines.  Lip region offset by a deep constriction; lips rather amalgamated.  Mouth a dorsoventral slit.  Odontostyle about as long as lip region width; aperture occupying more than half its length.  Amphids  with fine median support.  Pharynx expanding before its middle.  Vulva transverse; vagina generally with sclerotized pieces.  Spicules of two types: either slender dorylaimoid or strongly swollen.  Tail similar in two sexes, short and rounded or conoid-rounded, in some cases subdigitate. The species of Aporcelaimus are widespread in terrestrial habitats but some species have been found in freshwater habitats” Vinciguerra, 2006.


Vinciguerra, M.T.  2006.  Dorylaimida Part II: Superfamily Dorylaimoidea.  In: Eyualem Abebe, Traunspurger W., and Andrassy I. (eds) Freshwater Nematodes: Ecology and Taxonomy. CABI Publishing, Cambridge, MA, pp. 392-467 

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