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Notes On Males in Species of the Genus Mononchus Bastian, 1865 With a Description of the Male of M. Tunbridgensis Bastian, 1865 (Nematoda: Mononchina)

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The hitherto unknown male of Mononchus tunbridgensis Bastian, 1865 is described from a population collected from a ditch in The Netherlands. Comparison with descriptions of functional males of other species of mononchs shows that the copulatory musculature is weakly developed and probably these males are non-functional. Literature data and own observations indicate that functional males of mononchs always have strong copulatory musculature, resulting in a strong ventrad curvature of the precloacal body region, a contraction of the ventral body contour near the anterior supplement and presence of a muscular ring around mid-intestine and vas deferens near the beginning of the series of copulatory muscles. The problem of distinction between M. truncatus Bastian, 1865 and M. bellus Andrássy, 1985 is mentioned and could perhaps be solved by finding of males of bellus and of a population from Switzerland, the females of which are intermediate between these species.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Nematology, Agricultural University, P.O. Box 8123, 6700 ES Wageningen, The Netherlands


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