Carcharolaimus banaticus

Carcharolaimus banaticus is a remarkable nematode which is easily distinguished from other nematode species. Yet, it is remarkable that the species has not been found until 1976, the reason is, that Carcharolaimus inhibits dune sand: a habitat which has been less frequently sampled than agricultural soils. Carcharolaimus is characterized by the presence of a spear and a basket-shaped mouth cavity, provided of ribs. We assume that it feeds on other soil fauna. Carcharolaimus withstands dehydration very well. It has been found in drifting sand and, after addition of water, it became active. A typical example of a nematode dispersed by wind.

More pictures of Carcharolaimus:

Carcharolaimus: lip region
Carcharolaimus: lip region
Carcharolaimus: lip region
Carcharolaimus: lip region

More pictures of Carcharolaimus banaticus:

Carcharolaimus banaticus
Carcharolaimus banaticus
Carcharolaimus banaticus: lip region with a heavily sclerotized basket-like structure
Carcharolaimus banaticus: lip region with a heavily sclerotized basket-like structure
Carcharolaimus banaticus: lip region with a heavily sclerotized basket-like structure
Carcharolaimus banaticus: lip region with a heavily sclerotized basket-like structure
Carcharolaimus banaticus: odontostyle, guiding ring
Carcharolaimus banaticus: odontostyle, guiding ring
Carcharolaimus: small and big teeth in oral cavity
Carcharolaimus: small and big teeth in oral cavity
Carcharolaimus: stylet opening, guiding ring
Carcharolaimus: stylet opening, guiding ring
Carcharolaimus: stylet opening, guiding ring teeth
Carcharolaimus: stylet opening, guiding ring teeth
Carcharolaimus: stylet opening, guiding ring
Carcharolaimus: stylet opening, guiding ring
Carcharolaimus: oral cavity base provided with small teeth
Carcharolaimus: oral cavity base provided with small teeth
Carcharolaimus banaticus: oesophagus
Carcharolaimus banaticus: oesophagus
Carcharolaimus banaticus: cuticle with gland like organs
Carcharolaimus banaticus: cuticle with gland like organs
Carcharolaimus banaticus: anal opening and tail region
Carcharolaimus banaticus: anal opening and tail region

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