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Mermis Changodudus Sp. N. (Mermithidae) a Nematode Parasite of Heteronychus Beetles (Scarabaeidae) in Madagascar

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The nematode, Mermis changodudus sp. n. (Mermithidae) is described as a new parasite of Heteronychus beetle larvae (Scarabaeidae) in Madagascar. The diagnostic characters of this species are 1) eggs without polar protuberances or filaments, 2) mouth shifted slightly ventrad and 3) embryo not fully developed at oviposition. This is the sixth species described in the genus Mermis (sensu stricto).

Affiliations: 1: ) Division of Entomology and Parasitology, University of California, Berkeley 94720, U.S.A.; 2: ) B.P. 165, 97301 Cayenne Cedex, French Guiana; 3: ) ORSTOM, 24, rue Bayard 75008 Paris


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