TitlePaleochordodes protus n.g., n.sp (Nematomorpha, Chordodidae), parasites of a fossil cockroach, with a critical examination of other fossil hairworms and helminths of extant cockroaches (Insecta : Blattaria)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsPoinar, GO
JournalInvertebrate Biology
Type of ArticleJournal Article

Two hairworm parasites of a cockroach in Dominican amber (15-45 mya) are described as Paleochordodes protus n.g., n.sp. (Nematomorpha, Chordodidae) and represent the first unequivocal record of fossil nematomorphs. Previous reports of putative nematomorphs are discussed and shown to be tentative at best. A critical examination of supposed mermithid nematode infections of cockroaches concludes that none of these can, at present, be confirmed.

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