MERMIS SP. (NEMATODA: MERMITHIDAE) AS A PARASITE OF ZONOCERUS VARIEGATUS LINNAEUS (ORTHOPTERA: PYRGO MORPHIDAE)

Authors

  • BABAJIDE A. MATANMI

Keywords:

biological control, Mermis, mortality, parasite, Zonocerus

Abstract

Memis sp. (Nematoda: Mermithidae) was consistently encountered in dissected specimens of Zonocenus variegatus (Linnaeus) collected at random from the filed in the Ile-Ife area of Nigeria. In this study, parasitization at different locations ranged between 0 to 7.58%. Although this parasite may constitute an important factor in the mortality of Z. variegatus, it does not appear to be efficient as a potential biological control tool.

Published

2020-08-25