Key to the Males of Metadesmolaimus

This identification key for the males of genus Metadesmolaimus should serve as a help in the difficult process of identifying members of this genus. 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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Characteristics

click to expand amphid width (as % of corresponding diametre) Pictorial key
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click to expand distance: anterior part of amphid - anterior of body (in head diametre) Pictorial key
 
Remaining taxa:
Metadesmolaimus aduncus Lorenzen, 1972

Metadesmolaimus aversivulva Gerlach, 1953

Metadesmolaimus caniculus (Wieser & Hopper, 1967) Gerlach & Riemann, 1973

Metadesmolaimus coronatus Schuurmans Stekhoven, 1950

Metadesmolaimus gaelicus Platt, 1983

Metadesmolaimus gelana (Warwick & Platt, 1973)

Metadesmolaimus hamatus (Gerlach, 1956)

Metadesmolaimus heteroclitus Lorenzen, 1972

Metadesmolaimus pandus Lorenzen, 1971

Metadesmolaimus tersus (Gerlach, 1956)

Metadesmolaimus varians Lorenzen, 1972