Identification of Five Phytonematode Species Associated with Forage Legumes

Document Type : Original Article


1 Plant Pathology Department, National Research Centre

2 Plant Pathology Department, National Research Centre.

3 Department of Agricultural Zoology and Nematology, Faculty of Agriculture, University ofCairo, Giza, Egypt

4 Department of Entomology and Nematology, IFAS, University of Florida, USA.

5 Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection, National Council of Research, Bari, Italy


Five species of plant parasitic nematodes were present in soil samples planted with forage legumes at Florida, USA. The found species Meloidogyne arenaria, M. incognita, M. javanica, Pratylenchus brachyurus and Tylenchorhynchus martini were depicted in this study. These species belong to order Rhabditida and to taxonomical families Hoplolaimidae (subfamily Meloidogyninae: Meloidogyne arenaria, M. incognita and M. javanica), Pratylenchidae (Pratylenchus brachyurus) and Dolichodoridae (Tylenchorhynchus martini). The identification of the processed specimens was based on the classical taxonomy, following perineal pattern characters for species of Meloidogyne as well as morphological and morphometrical characters in the species specific identification keys for Pratylenchus brachyurus and Tylenchorhynchus martin