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Biology and Tetrad Development of the Insect Parasite Tetradonema Plicans (Nematoda : Tetradonematidae)

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The parasitic development of Tetradonema plicans Cobb in its host the glasshouse sciarid fly Bradysia paupera Tuom. is described and illustrated. In particular a study was made of the oesophageal tetrad and companion cells. Based on the study of these cells and a comparison between them and similar glandular cells in mermithids and other nematodes, the possible functions of companion cells are suggested. The short free-living period of the life cycle is described including a study of embryonation.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Zoology and Applied Entomology, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London S.W. 7, England

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1974-01-01
2016-12-04

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