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Description of Ruehmaphelenchus thailandae n. sp. (Nematoda: Aphelenchoididae) found in dunnage from Thailand

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Ruehmaphelenchus thailandae n. sp., isolated from deciduous dunnage from Thailand, is described and figured. The new species is characterised by the relatively stout body (a = 28.6 and 27.6 for males and females, respectively), three lines in the lateral field, spicules relatively small (12.0-13.3 μm) with weakly developed condylus and rostrum, bursa absent, vulva located at 79.5% of body length, vulval lips slightly swollen, length of post-uterine branch more than half of vulva to anus distance, female tail conoid, ca two anal body diam. long and with a broad terminal process up to 12 μm long. The new species is the third known for the genus. It can be distinguished from R. martinii and R. asiaticus mainly by the different shape and size of its spicules and different shape of the female tail terminus. The separate species status is also supported by ITS-RFLP pattern. Additional measurements of paratype R. asiaticus are appended.

Affiliations: 1: Technical Centre, Ningbo Entry-exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, 9 Mayuan Road, Ningbo 315012, Zhejiang, P. R. China;, Email:; 2: Technical Centre, Ningbo Entry-exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, 9 Mayuan Road, Ningbo 315012, Zhejiang, P. R. China


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