Physical Characteristics

Measure 0.0197-0.0236 in (500-600 pm), females sometimes up to 0.0394 in (1,000 pm), males much smaller. Body is elongated to torpedo shaped; color varies from colorless to reddish or brownish and black eyes are posterior on each side of the pear-shaped pharynx; head region displays a number of unique characteristics. Terminal mouth opening is surrounded by six robust, triangular lamellae that serve as closing apparatus for mouth opening when it is not feeding; has six oral and two lateral papillae, which may have chemoreceptory function. Double claws unusual because primary and the secondary branches are completely separate; primary branch is very long and flexible, while secondary branch is a short and robust claw, usually with three spurs. Buccal tube is wide and short, and armed with short convex stylets and stylet supports.

Was this article helpful?

0 0

Post a comment