Central American and Caribbean species of horsehair worms (Nematomorpha), with the description of three new species


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We describe new records of horsehair worms (Nematomorpha) from Central America and islands of the Caribbean Sea, provide updated descriptions including scanning electron microscopy and include a list of all species known from this region. Three new species are described: Pseudochordodes bulbareolatus from Mexico and Guatemala, Neochordodes chordodides from Costa Rica and Belize, and Chordodes polytuberculatus from Costa Rica. From Belize and Trinidad ( Gordius robustus ), nematomorphs are reported for the first time. Further records include species known from North America ( Pseudochordodes manteri , Neochordodes occidentalis ) or from South America ( Pseudochordodes meridionalis ). The actual number of species known from continental Central America is 22 species from five genera, and from Caribbean islands five species from three genera are known.



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DOI 10.1080/00222930400001400

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Schmidt-Rhaesa, A. and Menzel, L. (2005): Central American and Caribbean species of horsehair worms (Nematomorpha), with the description of three new species , Journal of Natural History, 39 , pp. 515-529 . doi: 10.1080/00222930400001400


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