Hydrobiologia

, Volume 357, Issue 1–3, pp 185–202 | Cite as

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

  • Wilfrida Decraemer
  • Nicole Gourbault
  • Thierry Backeljau
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Abstract

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 nematodes Draconematidae Bathychaetosoma taxonomy revision phylogeny 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wilfrida Decraemer
    • 1
  • Nicole Gourbault
    • 2
  • Thierry Backeljau
    • 1
  1. 1.Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor NatuurwetenschappenBrusselBelgium
  2. 2.Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, D.0699 CNRS, Biologie des Invertébrés marinsParis Cedex 05France

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