Marine Biodiversity

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 281–288 | Cite as

Morphological and molecular characterizations of Africanema multipapillatum sp. nov. (Nematoda, Enoplida) in intertidal sediment from the East China Sea

  • Benze Shi
  • Kuidong XuEmail author
Original Paper


A new nematode species, Africanema multipapillatum sp. nov., is described from a sand beach in the East China Sea. The new species is assigned to the family Trefusiidae based on both the morphological and molecular analyses. Africanema multipapillatum sp. nov. is a distinct species characterized by its toothless and spacious buccal cavity, jointed labial setae, non-spiral and elongate groove-shaped amphidial fovea, faintly striated cuticle, and a single posterior ovary. Within the family Trefusiidae, the new species is most similar to the monotypic genus Africanema, but differs distinctly from Africanema interstitiale by the long and curved spicules with gubernaculum apophysis, long and slim sperm cells, and the lack of pharyngeal papillate supplements. Molecular phylogenetic analyses indicate that Africanema multipapillatum sp. nov. and the genera Rhabdocoma and Trefusia always fell within a single clade of the family Trefusiidae, where it is closely related to Rhabdocoma. Thus, we propose assigning the genus Rhabdocoma from the subfamily Trefusiinae to the subfamily Halanonchinae.


Marine nematode New species Trefusiidae Rhabdocoma Taxonomy Phylogeny 



This work was supported by the National Programme on Global Change and Air–Sea Interaction (grant no: GASI-01-02-02-02), the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2016 M602201), and the Meiobenthic Community and Environmental Assessment of Nanji Islands National Marine Natural Reserve under Human Disturbance (NJKJ2016). We thank the anonymous reviewers for their constructive suggestions and comments. Xumiao Chen, Yuhang Li, Ju Li, and Sichao Pu provided a lot of support and help in the sample collection and molecular analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of OceanologyChinese Academy of SciencesQingdaoChina
  2. 2.University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Laboratory for Marine Biology and BiotechnologyQingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and TechnologyQingdaoChina

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