, Volume 357, Issue 1, pp 185–202

Marine nematodes of the family Draconematidae (Nemata): a synthesis with phylogenetic relationships


  • Wilfrida Decraemer
    • Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen
  • Nicole Gourbault
    • Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, D.0699 CNRS, Biologie des Invertébrés marins
  • Thierry Backeljau
    • Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen

DOI: 10.1023/A:1003155424665

Cite this article as:
Decraemer, W., Gourbault, N. & Backeljau, T. Hydrobiologia (1997) 357: 185. doi:10.1023/A:1003155424665


The family Draconematidae is reviewed. Diagnoses of all taxa are updated or emended, basedupon an evaluation of diagnostic features. Aphylogenetic analysis at the genus level based onparsimony suggested that Tenuidraconema belongsto the Draconematinae. A new genus Bathychaetosoma is erected to accomodate B.uchidai (Kito, 1983). It is characterized by acephalic region with a smooth, non-thickened cuticleand numerous cephalic adhesion tubes located posteriorto the head region and extending over more than twohead diameters along the cervical region.

marine nematodesDraconematidaeBathychaetosomataxonomyrevisionphylogeny
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