TitleHAIRWORM (NEMATOMORPHA, GORDIOIDEA) PARASITES OF NEW-ZEALAND WETAS (ORTHOPTERA, STENOPELMATIDAE)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsPoinar, GO
JournalCanadian Journal of Zoology-Revue Canadienne De Zoologie
Volume69
Pagination1592-1599
Type of ArticleJournal Article
ISSN0008-4301
Abstract

The New Zealand hairworms (Nematomorpha: Gordioidea) Gordius dimorphus n.sp., Euchordodes nigromaculatus n.sp., and Gordionus diblastus (Orley) are described or redescribed as parasites of the stenopelmatid (Orthoptera) genera Deinacrida, Hemiandrus, Zealandosandrus, and Hemideina. Hairworm larvae are described from aquatic insect paratenic hosts. It is assumed that when these hosts are eaten by wetas, the parasites invade the body cavity of the latter and develop to maturity. On the basis of biogeographical and paleontological evidence it is likely that weta parasitism by hairworms extends back to the Mesozoic.

URL<Go to ISI>://WOS:A1991GH35200021
DOI10.1139/z91-223