Nematode in the picture: Pratylenchus vulnus

Published on
November 16, 2020

The plant-parasitc nematode Pratylenchus vulnus Allen & Jensen, 1951, belongs to the root-lesion nematodes. This cosmopolitan species has a long list of mainly woody host plants.

The head is composed of 3 to 4 lip annuli; the spermatheca is oblong and usually filled with sperm; the tail end is triangular in shape with a finely rounded tip. It also has four lateral lines, with two narrow central lines present. It is sexual reproducing and males are common. In the Netherlands it can be found sometimes in greenhouses or (rarely) outsite on woody plants like roses.