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Volume 62, Issue 2 (Jun 2017)


New record of Steinernema arenarium (Artyukhovsky) (Rhabditida: Steinernematidae) from Ukraine and a note on its distribution

Yegor Yakovlev
  • Corresponding author
  • Department of Parasitology, Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, NAS of Ukraine, vul. B. Khmelnytskogo, 15, Kyiv, 01601 Ukraine
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/ Jiří Nermut
  • Laboratory of Entomopathogenic Nematodes, Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre CAS, Branišovská, 31, České Budějovice, 370 05 Czech Republic
/ Vladimír Půža
  • Laboratory of Entomopathogenic Nematodes, Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre CAS, Branišovská, 31, České Budějovice, 370 05 Czech Republic
/ Vitaliy A. Kharchenko
  • Department of Parasitology, Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, NAS of Ukraine, vul. B. Khmelnytskogo, 15, Kyiv, 01601 Ukraine
/ Zdeněk Mráček
  • Laboratory of Entomopathogenic Nematodes, Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre CAS, Branišovská, 31, České Budějovice, 370 05 Czech Republic
Published Online: 2017-04-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2017-0032


During a survey of the biodiversity of entomopathogenic nematodes in Ukraine, a population of Steinernema arenarium, strain Ch, was recovered in the sensitive Chornobyl Exclusion Zone. In the present work, this strain was morphologically and molecularly characterised using light microscopy and the sequences of the ITS and D2-D3 region of the 28S rDNA. In addition, we sequenced the ITS and D2-D3 regions of four populations of S. arenarium from a laboratory collection. Phylogenetic analyses were performed and the phylogenetic structure and geographic distribution of S. arenarium are discussed.

Keywords: Steinernema arenarium; entomopathogenic nematodes; Ukraine; distribution; phylogeny; morphology


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About the article

Received: 2016-05-05

Revised: 2016-11-24

Accepted: 2016-12-16

Published Online: 2017-04-18

Published in Print: 2017-06-01

Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, ISSN (Print) 1230-2821, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2017-0032. Export Citation

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