Gordiids tend to entangle in large knots during mating. Often, hundreds of individuals can be found in a seemingly

Horsehair worm. (Photo by A. Captain/R. Kulkarni/S. Thakur. Reproduced by permission.)

undoable tangle. This behavior has led the gordiids to be called Gordian worms from the Greek myth of Gordius. The behavior of nectonematids has not been studied.

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