Free-Living Aquatic Nematodes and their Resemblance to Plant-Parasitic Forms

  • Preben Jensen
Part of the Nato ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 7)


Almost four thousand free-living nematode species in 529 genera have been identified from the aquatic benthos. They live in the sediment between sand grains and mud particles (Wieser, 1959a; Gerlach, 1971; Platt & Warwick, 1980; Tsalolikhin, 1985; Lorenzen, 1986a), on benthic flora (Micoletzky, 1925; Wieser, 1959b; Pieczyńska & Spodniewska, 1963; Jensen, 1984), and Aponchiidae are found on shells of epibenthic invertebrates (Jensen, pers. obs.) Some species have adapted their life to the soft tissues of crustaceans and baleen plates of whales (Lorenzen, 1986b); this is likely a form of commensalism. The only habitat in which no permanently breeding nematode populations have been found are the rock pools in the Baltic Sea (Levander, 1900; Canning, 1971; Jensen, 1979).


Body Shape Nematode Species Buccal Cavity Rock Pool Marine Nematode 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Preben Jensen
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  1. 1.Sonderforschungsbereich 313Universität KielKielFederal Republic of Germany

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