First Report of Matricidal Hatching in Bursaphelenchus xylophilus.

  • Adela Abelleira
  • Alicia Prado
  • Andrea Abelleira-Sanmartín
  • Pedro Mansilla
Keywords: Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, detection, endotokia matricida, laboratory conditions, matricidal hatching, morphology, nematode reproduction, physiology, pinewood nematode


The reproductive strategy of the pinewood nematode (PWN), Bursaphelenchus xylophilus , is sexual amphimictic and oviparous. The incidence of intrauterine egg development and hatching in plant-parasitic nematodes is not a very common phe- nomenon. During the process of maintaining and breeding a B. xylophilus population isolated in Spain under laboratory conditions, evidence of matricidal hatching was observed. This is the first described case of this phenomenon in this species.
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