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Description of Gastromermis Metae Sp. N. (Nematoda: Mermithidae) With an Assessment of Some Diagnostic Characters and Species in Gastromermis

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Gastromermis metae sp.n., a parasite of Simulium equinum and S. ornatum (Diptera: Simuliidae) is described and illustrated. The morphological variation in this species led to an evaluation of diagnostic characters currently used in mermithid taxonomy and an assessment of species in the genus Gastromermis. Ninety-five out of 99 published descriptions were examined: 25 were adequate, the remaining 70 are species inquirendae.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Zoology & Applied Entomology, Imperial College at Silwood Park, Ascot, Berkshire, England


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