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Desmodoridae Filipjev, 1922

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  1. Genus Cheilopseudonchus Murphy, 1964
  2. Genus Cornurella Da Silva, Da Silva, Esteves & Decraemer, 2017
  3. Subfamily Desmodorinae Filipjev, 1922
    1. Genus Acanthopharyngoides Chitwood, 1936
    2. Genus Acanthopharynx Marion, 1870
    3. Genus Aculeonchus Kreis, 1928 accepted as Croconema Cobb, 1920
    4. Genus Amphispira Cobb, 1920 (uncertain > taxon inquirendum, Verschelde et al, 2006: one badly described female)
    5. Genus Bla Inglis, 1963 accepted as Xenodesmodora Wieser, 1951
    6. Genus Bolbonema Cobb, 1920
    7. Genus Croconema Cobb, 1920
    8. Genus Desmodora de Man, 1889
    9. Genus Desmodorella Cobb, 1933
    10. Genus Echinodesmodora Blome, 1982
    11. Genus Heterodesmodora Micoletzky, 1924 accepted as Zalonema Cobb, 1920
    12. Genus Ichthyodesmodora Chitwood, 1951 accepted as Metachromadora Filipjev, 1918
    13. Genus Mastodex Steiner, 1921 accepted as Desmodora de Man, 1889
    14. Genus Metadesmodora Schuurmans Stekhoven, 1942
    15. Genus Micromicron Cobb, 1920 accepted as Pseudochromadora Daday, 1899
    16. Genus Oistolaimus Ditlevsen, 1921 accepted as Onyx Cobb, 1891
    17. Genus Onepunema Leduc & Verschelde, 2013
    18. Genus Psammonema Verschelde & Vincx, 1995
    19. Genus Pseudochromadora Daday, 1899
    20. Genus Pseudodesmodora Boucher, 1975
    21. Genus Sibayinema Swart & Heyns, 1991
    22. Genus Spinonema Larrazábal-Filho, Neres, Da Silva & Esteves, 2019
    23. Genus Xanthodora Cobb, 1920 accepted as Acanthopharynx Marion, 1870
    24. Genus Xenodesmodora Wieser, 1951 (uncertain > taxon inquirendum)
    25. Genus Xenonema Cobb, 1920 (uncertain > nomen dubium, Hope & Murphy 1972 p 51: doubtful genus)
    26. Genus Zalonema Cobb, 1920
  4. Genus Laxonema Cobb, 1920 accepted as Stilbonema Cobb, 1920 (Hope & Murphy, 1972 p 49: doubtful genus; Ott, 1997 p 421: synonym of Stilbonema)
  5. Genus Mesodorus Cobb, 1920 accepted as Chromaspirina Filipjev, 1918
  6. Subfamily Molgolaiminae Jensen, 1978
    1. Genus Molgolaimus Ditlevsen, 1921
  7. Subfamily Prodesmodorinae Lorenzen, 1981
    1. Genus Prodesmodora Micoletzky, 1923
  8. Subfamily Pseudonchinae Gerlach & Riemann, 1973
    1. Genus Pseudonchus Cobb, 1920
  9. Subfamily Spiriniinae Chitwood, 1936
    1. Genus Alaimonema Cobb, 1920 (uncertain > taxon inquirendum, Armenteros et al , 2014: The original description of the genus does not provide information on essential characters for a proper evaluation.)
    2. Genus Bradylaimus Stekhoven, 1931
    3. Genus Chromadoropsis Filipjev, 1918
    4. Genus Chromaspirina Filipjev, 1918
    5. Genus Metachromadora Filipjev, 1918
    6. Genus Metachromadoroides Timm, 1961
    7. Genus Neonyx Cobb, 1933
    8. Genus Onyx Cobb, 1891
    9. Genus Papillonema Verschelde, Muthumbi & Vincx, 1995
    10. Genus Paradesmodora Schuurmans Stekhoven, 1950
    11. Genus Parallelocoilas Boucher, 1975
    12. Genus Parathalassoalaimus Allgén, 1929 (uncertain > nomen dubium, Hope & Murphy 1972 p 51: doubtful genus)
    13. Genus Perspiria Wieser & Hopper, 1967
    14. Genus Polysigma Cobb, 1920
    15. Genus Pseudometachromadora Timm, 1954
    16. Genus Sigmophora Cobb, 1933 accepted as Sigmophoranema Hope & Murphy, 1972 (homonym to Sigmophora Rondoni, 1867 (Hymenoptera))
    17. Genus Sigmophoranema Hope & Murphy, 1972 (uncertain > taxon inquirendum, Armenteros et al, 2014: Sigmophoranema as genus inquirenda and S. rufum as species inquirenda based on the absence of any drawing of the type species and on the relatively poor descriptions of the described specimens. )
    18. Genus Spira Bastian, 1865 accepted as Spirinia Gerlach, 1963 (Homonym to Spira Brown, 1844 (Mollusca))
    19. Genus Spirinia Gerlach, 1963
    20. Genus Spirodesma Cavalcanti, Silva & Fonseca-Genevois, 2009
    21. Genus Stygodesmodora Blome, 1982
  10. Subfamily Stilbonematinae Chitwood, 1936
    1. Genus Adelphos Ott, 1997
    2. Genus Catanema Cobb, 1920
    3. Genus Centonema Leduc, 2013
    4. Genus Eubostrichopsis Ott & Pröts, 2021
    5. Genus Eubostrichus Greeff, 1869
    6. Genus Laxus Cobb, 1894
    7. Genus Leptonemella Cobb, 1920
    8. Genus Parabostrichus Tchesunov, Ingels & Popova, 2012
    9. Genus Paralaxus Scharhauser, Zimmermann, Ott, Leisch & Gruber-Vodicka, 2020
    10. Genus Robbea Gerlach, 1956
    11. Genus Squanema Gerlach, 1963
    12. Genus Stilbonema Cobb, 1920
marine, brackish, fresh, terrestrial
Not documented
Nemys eds. (2024). Nemys: World Database of Nematodes. Desmodoridae Filipjev, 1922. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: on 2024-05-20
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taxonomy source Tchesunov, A. V.; Ingels, J.; Popova, E. V. (2012). Marine free-living nematodes associated with symbiotic bacteria in deep-sea canyons of north-east Atlantic Ocean. <em>Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.</em> 92(06): 1257-1271. (look up in IMIS), available online at [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

taxonomy source De Ley, P.; Blaxter, M. L. (2004). A new system for Nematoda: combining morphological characters with molecular trees, and translating clades into ranks and taxa. <em>Nematology Monographs & Perspectives - Proceedings of the Fourth International Congress of Nematology 8 - 13 June 2002, Tenerife, Spain.</em> 2: 633-653. [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

taxonomy source Tu, N.D.; Thanh Nguyen Vu; Smol, N.; Vanreusel, A. (2008). New genus Asymmelaimus gen. n., sp. n. and new marine nematode species of the subfamily Dorylaimopsinae de Coninck, 1965 (Comesomatidae Filipjev, 1918) from Halong Bay, Vietnam. <em>Russian Journal of Nematology.</em> 16 (1), 7-16. [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

taxonomy source Schmidt-Rhaesa, A. (Ed.). (2014). Handbook of Zoology. Gastrotricha, Cycloneuralia and Gnathifera: 2. Nematoda. <em>Handbook of Zoology (2010) Walter De Gruyter: Berlin.</em> 759 pp., available online at [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

taxonomy source Leduc, D.; Verschelde, D. (2013). One new genus and two new free-living nematode species (Desmodorida, Desmodoridae) from the continental margin of New Zealand, Southwest Pacific Ocean. <em>Zootaxa.</em> 3609(3), 274-290., available online at [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

taxonomy source Leduc, D.; Verschelde, D. (2015). New <em>Spirinia</em> and <em>Stygodesmodora</em> species (Nematoda, Spiriniinae) from the Southwest Pacific, and revision of the related genera <em>Spirinia</em>, <em>Chromaspirina</em> and <em>Perspiria</em>. <em>European Journal of Taxonomy.</em> (118): 1-25., available online at
note: Emended diagnosis [details]  OpenAccess publication 

taxonomy source Armenteros, M.; Ruiz-Abierno, A.; Decraemer, W. (2014). Revision of Desmodorinae and Spiriniinae (Nematoda: Desmodoridae) with redescription of eight known species. <em>European Journal of Taxonomy.</em> 96: 1–32. (look up in IMIS)
page(s): 26; note: List of valid genera [details]  OpenAccess publication 

basis of record Nemaslan: Biodiversity of Antarctic Nematodes (2004). (look up in IMIS[details]   

additional source Various Authors (2000). Nematode filing cabinet of the Marine Biology Section Ugent - in combination with the NemasLan Ms-Access database (published on CD-Rom, 2000) (look up in IMIS[details]   

additional source Dinet, A., F. Grassle & V. Tunnicliffe. (1988). Premières observations sur la méiofaune des sites hydrothermaux de la dorsale Est-Pacifique (Guaymas, 21°N) et de l'Explorer Ridge. First observations on the meiofauna of the hydrothermal sites of the East-Pacific Ridge (Guaymas, 21°N) and the Explorer Ridge. <em>Oceanologica Acta.</em> 8: 7-14. [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

additional source Flint, H. C.; Copley, J. T. P.; Ferrero, T. J.; Van Dover, C. L. (2006). Patterns of nematode diversity at hydrothermal vents on the East Pacific Rise. <em>Cah. Biol. Mar.</em> 47: 365-370. [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

additional source Ingels, J.; Vanhove, S.; De Mesel, I.; Vanreusel, A. (2006). The biodiversity and biogeography of the free-living nematode genera Desmodora and Desmodorella (family Desmodoridae) at both sides of the Scotia Arc. <em>Polar Biology.</em> 29(11): 936-949., available online at [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

additional source Vincx, M. (1990). Diversity of the nematode communities in the Southern Bight of the North Sea. <em>Netherlands Journal of Sea Research.</em> 25:181-188. [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

toxicology source Vincx, M.; Heip, C.H.R. (1987). The use of meiobenthos in pollution monitoring studies: a review. <em>CM Documents - ICES.</em> (E33L:1166). ICES: [s.l.]. 18 pp. (look up in IMIS[details]  OpenAccess publication 

ecology source Vanreusel, A., M. Vincx, D. Van Gansbeke & W. Gijselinck, W. (1992). Structural analysis of the meiobenthos communities of the shelf break area in two stations of the Gulf of Biscay (N.E. Atlantic). <em>Belgian Journal of Zoology.</em> 122(2):185-202. (look up in IMIS[details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 
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