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Gordian Worms, Horse-hair Worms

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October 2011 - ABRS, with thanks to Dr A. Schmidt-Rhaesa for assistance with references


Although Schmidt-Rhaesa (2002) notes that seven Nematomorph species are recorded for Australia, but he lists eight species. Two further species were described by Schmidt-Rhaesa and Bryant (2004), bringing the total to ten.

These curious parasitic worms, known as 'Horsehair Worms' or 'Gordian Worms' are parasites of arthropods, including spiders, beetles and mantids (Schmidt-Rhaesa 2001) and vertebrates such as fishes and frogs. The life cycle of species that parasitise praying mantids is described by Schmidt-Rhaesa (2001). The Australian Museum website has an interesting account of these worms.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
31-Oct-2011 31-Oct-2011 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)