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Nematode in the picture: Pratylenchus penetrans

Published on
July 31, 2020

Pratylenchus penetrans (Cobb, 1917) Filipjev & Schuurmans Stekhoven, 1941 is one of the most well-known members within the genus Pratylenchus Filpjev, 1936. This mobile endoparasite is recorded world-wide but particularly wide spread in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere.

It is an important pest of many crops and ornamentals. Morphologically it belongs to a group of close related species, all with 3 lip annuli, a rounded spermatheca, four lateral lines and a rounded smooth tail tip. Males are common in P. penetrans and it reproduces sexually.