Noctuidonema dibolia n. sp. (Aphelenchida: Acugutturidae), an Ectoparasite of the moth Mocis latipes (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)
AbstractNoctuidonema dibolia n. sp., an ectoparasite of adults of the noctuid moth Mocis latipes (Guen²e) is described. The differentiating characters are a club-shaped body with a subterminal vulva in the female, spicules with a reduced matrix and sheath and closely apposed dorsal and ventral arms in the male, very long stylet and conus, moderately prominent stylet knobs, a bluntly rounded head, and a large renette cell in both sexes. Lateral fields, rectum, anus, bursa, and gubernaculum are absent. Noctuidonema dibolia differs from the other species of the subfamily Noctuidonematinae in the size and robustness of the body, the length of the stylet and conus, the length of the tail, and the shape of the spicules. Key words: ectoparasite, insect parasite, Lepidoptera, Mocis latipes, moth, nematode, Noctuidae, Noctuidonema dibolia n. sp., taxonomy.
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