Lordellonema parvum
Thorne, 1974
Photo Gallery- Konza Prairie

1.3 mm; a = 27; b = 3.9; c = 52; V = 59
1.3 mm; a = 26; b = 4.3; c = 52; T = ?
Body practically straight when relaxed.  Lateral field 1/4 body width with about 30 glandular bodies from which minute pores arise.   A comparable number occur ventrally.  Lip region angular, set off by constriction and expansion.  Spear 15u long, its aperture occupying 1/3 to 1/2 the length.  Esophagus enlarged near middle by gradual expansion.  Cardia elongate conoid, about 1/2 as long as body width.  Intestinal cells packed with fine, light brown granules.  Lumen broad and frequently contains green, chlorophyll-like, or dark brown to black material apparently ingested as food.  Vulva a tiny open pit or with 4 lip-like, unsymmetrical labia surrounded by many radial muscles.  Cross section of vagina a transverse slit.  Ventral pores usually located near the vulva.  Ovaries variable in length especially when eggs are present, reflexed about 1/2 their length.  Eggs average about 35-85u.  Prerectum about 3 times body width.  Tail elongate hemispheroid with two pairs of conspicuous papillae.  A single male found but gravid females contained no sperms.  This male bore 14 low, inconspicuous supplements beginning half a body width anterior to spicula and occupying a space of about 2 body widths.  Spicula arcuate with strong ventral angle.  Testes could not be seen.

Habitat:  Frequently collected from native grass sod and cultivated fields near Trinidad, Colorado; Brookings, Emmig, and Herrick, South Dakota; Fargo, North Dakota; Elizabeth, Minnesota; and Glendive, Montana.
(Description- Thorne, 1974)

DNA Sequences Obtained
Specimen: Collected:
KonzaII DD-47 Konza Prairie, First Survey
Konza IIIBB-133 Konza Prairie, First Survey