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On the vulval morphology of some species of Bursaphelenchus (Nematoda: Parasitaphelenchinae)

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The vulval pattern of six species of the genus Bursaphelenchus (B. abruptus, B. conicaudatus, B. fraudulentus, B. luxuriosae, B. mucronatus and B. xylophilus) was studied using scanning electron microscopy. A terminology for the vulval region structures observed is proposed herein and illustrated by micrographs and line drawings. It was shown that, of the studied species, only B. mucronatus and B. xylophilus share an identical morphology of the vulval region, all other species differing significantly from each other and from both B. mucronatus and B. xylophilus. This study indicates the diagnostic potential for variation in vulval morphology within Bursaphelenchus and it is recommended that such features are recorded in all future descriptions.

Affiliations: 1: NemaLab-ICAM, Departamento de Biologia, Universidade de Évora, 7002-554 Évora, Portugal; 2: Zoological Institute RAS, Universitetskaya naberezhnaya 1, St. Petersburg 199034, Russia


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