Tabassum Ara Khanum, Nasir Mehmood, Salma Javed


Nematodes, a diverse group of round worms, exist cosmopolitan in almost all biomes. Saprophytic free-living soil nematodes found as the part of agricultural fauna indicate an important role in the ecosystem. In the present study, nematode specimens of five known species were collected from different fruits (banana, citrus and guava) of Sindh. The nematodes were isolated through soil trap method. A recent survey for plant and soil nematodes of different fruits of Sindh yielded five known species viz. Eucephalobus iaculocaudatus (Bostrom and Holovachov, 2011), Pelodera punctata (Cobb, 1914), (Dougherty, 1955), Panagrolaimus hygrophilus (Bassen, 1940), Panagrolaimus rigidis (Schneider, 1866), (Thorne, 1937), and Mononchoides change (Goodrich et al., 1968). Morphometric data, illustrations and brief descriptions of each species are given with references to their host and localities. All species are found for the first time from Sindh, Pakistan.


Saprophytic nematodes; rhabditids; morphology; fruit; soil trap

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