Film clip: 26-year-old Anguina tritici revived
Obligate plant parasite with obese body, that of the female being spiral
in form and practically immobile, while the male is straighter and more
active. Striae usually visible only on the neck region. Lateral
fields indistinct, consisting of narrow bands marked by numerous minute
incisures which often are invisible on well-developed specimens.
Spear 8 to 10 u long, with small basal knobs. Esophagus of
gravid female frequently with abnormally developed glandular structures.
Between the nerve ring and the basal bulb is a secondary "storage" gland,
set off from the bulb by a definite constriction. In this the dorsal
gland secretions apparently collect until it may become greatly distended;
or the secretions may be used and the gland reduced to a small ovate swelling.
Cardia small, often obscure. Ovary greatly developed, usually with
two flexures, the oocytes arranged about a rachis. In cross section
the ovary appears as a pulpy cellular tissue surrounded by a relatively
thin layer of developing oocytes. A spherical spermatheca lies adjacent
to the outlet of the ovary. The posterior uterine branch also serves
as a spermatheca. Several eggs, each about as long as the vulva body
width, may be present in the oviduct at one time.
Testis with one or two flexures, the spermatocytes arranged about a rachis. Spicula broad, short. Gubernaculum thin, trough-like. Bursa enveloping tail.
(Description- Thorne, 1961
DNA Sequences Obtained
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