Description of Meloidoderita polygoni n. sp. (Nematoda: Meloidoderitidae) from USA and Observations on M. kirjanovae from Israel and USSR


  • A. Morgan Golden
  • Zafar A. Handoo


Meloidoderita polygoni n. sp. is described and illustrated from roots of smartweed (Polygonum hydropiperoides) from Beltsville, Maryland. This new species is similar to M. kirjanovae but differs especially in having larger spines on the cystoid bodies, females with the anus much closer to the vulva, and more posterior excretory pore. M. polygoni differs from M. safrica particularly in having females with a shorter stylet, a DGO much closer to base of stylet, greater distance between vulva and anus, and larger cystoid bodies. LM and SEM observations showed only three incisures in lateral fields of juveniles and males and no bursa in males. Morphometric data and illustrations are given for M. kirjanovae from mint (Mentha longifolia) in Israel and some details on a limited number of specimens from Armenian SSR. LM examination of juveniles from both these areas indicated only three incisures in lateral fields. Males from Israel had no detectable bursa and appeared to have only three incisures in lateral fields. (Males from Armenian SSR not observed.) Key words: taxonomy, morphology, new species, SEM ultrastructure, smartweed, Polygonum hydropiperoides, mint, Mentha Iongifolia, hosts, distribution.