Description of a New Species of the Genus Tylopharynx (Nemata: Diplogasteroidea), T. clariamphida sp. n., with a Redescription of T. foetida (Bütschli, 1874) Goffart, 1930


  • Jihua Wu


belgium, china, diplogasteroidea, morphology, taxonomy, tylopharynx


Tylopharynx clariamphida sp. n. is described from muddy sand collected in Anhui Province, China. It can be distinguished from T. foetida (Bütschli, 1874), the type and only species of the genus, by numerous characters: having 24 to 26 prominent and clearly separated longitudinal ridges, a higher lip region with no hint of a cephalic framework, more prominent amphidial foveae in lateral view, wider and more posteriorly located amphidial apertures, smaller basal knobs of stoma, longer metacorpus, more enlarged phasmids, shorter spicules with shorter digitate terminus, shorter reflexed part of testis, and thicker gubernaculum with more angular shape. For comparison, an expanded description is given for T. foetida from Belgium, and SEM photographs of both species are provided.