Aphelenchoides sp.

The genus Aphelenchoides is composed of about 150 species which are difficult to identify because identification keys are lacking, due to the high number of insufficiently described species. Aphelenchoides-species are found in every soil where they feed on soil fungi. In the Netherlands, three species occur which feed on the aboveground parts on higher plants and cause considerable damage; they live in the buds of for example strawberry where they damage the developing leaves. In Doronicum leaves, A. ritzemabosi causes a characteristic symptom. Living in the leaves, they cause a mosaic pattern of healthy and damaged tissue.

More pictures of Aphelenchoides:

Aphelenchoides sp.: male body
Aphelenchoides sp.: male body
Aphelenchoides sp.: female body
Aphelenchoides sp.: female body
Aphelenchoides sp.: head region with stylet
Aphelenchoides sp.: head region with stylet
Aphelenchoides sp.: vulva and post uterine sac
Aphelenchoides sp.: vulva and post uterine sac
Aphelenchoides sp.: lateral field
Aphelenchoides sp.: lateral field
Aphelenchoides sp.: vulva region
Aphelenchoides sp.: vulva region
Aphelenchoides sp.: female middle and posterior body part
Aphelenchoides sp.: female middle and posterior body part
Aphelenchoides sp.: tail region
Aphelenchoides sp.: tail region
Aphelenchoides sp.: spiculum and tail tip
Aphelenchoides sp.: spiculum and tail tip

More pictures of Aphelenchoides composticola Franklin, 1957:

Aphelenchoides composticola: female body
Aphelenchoides composticola: female body
Aphelenchoides composticola: male body
Aphelenchoides composticola: male body
Aphelenchoides composticola: anterior region with stylet and metacorpus
Aphelenchoides composticola: anterior region with stylet and metacorpus
Aphelenchoides composticola: vulva with post uterine sac with sperm
Aphelenchoides composticola: vulva with post uterine sac with sperm
Aphelenchoides composticola: metacorpus and pharyngeal glands
Aphelenchoides composticola: metacorpus and pharyngeal glands
Aphelenchoides composticola: vulva region with ovary (partly)
Aphelenchoides composticola: vulva region with ovary (partly)
Aphelenchoides composticola: anale opening
Aphelenchoides composticola: anale opening
Aphelenchoides composticola: tail tip
Aphelenchoides composticola: tail tip
Aphelenchoides composticola: tail region with spiculum
Aphelenchoides composticola: tail region with spiculum

More pictures of Aphelenchoides saprophilus Franklin, 1957:

Aphelenchoides saprophilus: female body
Aphelenchoides saprophilus: female body
Aphelenchoides saprophilus: anterior region with stylet
Aphelenchoides saprophilus: anterior region with stylet

Aphelenchoides saprophilus: tail region with anus
Aphelenchoides saprophilus: tail region with anus
Aphelenchoides saprophilus: tail tip
Aphelenchoides saprophilus: tail tip

More pictures of Aphelenchoides subtenuis (Cobb, 1926):

Aphelenchoides subtenuis: female body
Aphelenchoides subtenuis: female body

Aphelenchoides subtenuis: anterior body (head region with stylet and metacorpus)
Aphelenchoides subtenuis: anterior body (head region with stylet and metacorpus)
Aphelenchoides subtenuis: anterior body (head region with stylet and metacorpus)
Aphelenchoides subtenuis: anterior body (head region with stylet and metacorpus)
Aphelenchoides subtenuis: metacorpus and pharyngeal glands
Aphelenchoides subtenuis: metacorpus and pharyngeal glands
Aphelenchoides subtenuis: vulva region
Aphelenchoides subtenuis: vulva region
Aphelenchoides subtenuis: tail with ventral mucro
Aphelenchoides subtenuis: tail with ventral mucro
Aphelenchoides subtenuis: spiculum
Aphelenchoides subtenuis: spiculum
Aphelenchoides subtenuis: male tail with mucro
Aphelenchoides subtenuis: male tail with mucro

(Click on the pictures for an enlargement, © Laboratory of Nematology/Pictures: Hanny van Megen)