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Key to the genera of the family Draconematidae

This identification key for the genera of the family Draconematidae should serve as a help in the difficult process of identifying members of this family. The key is based upon literature sources and the experience of several Nematologists from the Marine biology Section Ugent. Note that the key is an evolving tool.
Using the key still requires a basic skill in the field of nematology. Results should always be checked with the species-descriptions and illustrations available in the database.
Key created by Maaike Steyaert

Please refer to this identification key as Steyaert, M.; Deprez, T.; Raes, M.; Bezerra, T.; Demesel, I.; Derycke, S.; Desmet, G.; Fonceca, G.; de Assunção Franco, M.; Gheskiere, T.; Hoste, E.; Ingels, J.; Moens, T.; Vanaverbeke, J.; Van Gaever, S.; Vanhove, S.; Vanreusel, A.; Verschelde, D.; Vincx M. 2005. Electronic Key to the free-living marine Nematodes. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.nemys.ugent.be. 09/2005


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Remaining taxa:
Apenodraconema Allen & Noffsinger, 1978

Bathychaetosoma Decraemer, Gourbault & Backeljau, 1997

Cephalochaetosoma Kito, 1983

Cygnonema Allen & Noffsinger, 1978

Dinetia Decraemer & Gourbault, 1997

Dracogalerus Allen & Noffsinger, 1978

Existing key available Dracognomus Allen & Noffsinger, 1978

Dracograllus Allen & Noffsinger, 1978

Draconactus Allen & Noffsinger, 1978

Draconema Cobb, 1913

Notochaetosoma Irwin-Smith, 1918

Paradraconema Allen & Noffsinger, 1978

Prochaetosoma Micoletzky, 1922

Tenuidraconema Decraemer, 1989