The Korean Journal of Systematic Zoology 17(2): 165-169 (2001)
Tubular structures on the cuticle of two Gordius species (Nematomorpha, Gordioidea, Gordiidae) from Korea and New Zealand
A. Schmidt-Rhaesa1, A. Kieneke1, D. Muschiol1 and P.-R. Chung
University of Bielefeld, Animal Ecology, Germany
We describe tubular structures on the cuticle of two representatives of the genus Gordius by scanning electron microscopy. One female from Korea could not be identified further while a male from New Zealand belonged to Gordius paranensis. Other male specimens of G. paranensis did not show tubular structures or the corresponding pores on the cuticle. Therefore it is assumed that tubular structures are not species-specific structures, but are also no artifacts or contaminations. They might be glandular products, but this has to be verified by further documentations and investigations of the inner structure of it.
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