Diploscapter coronatus (Cobb, 1893) Cobb, 1913
CGC strain code:
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Red soil (latosol) collected around roots of enset at approx 2000 m ASL
near Wolaita Sodo, Ethiopia. Sample collected on 2 January 1995 by Mr Zewdie
Secernentea - Rhabditida - Rhabditina - Rhabditoidea - Diploscapteridae
Xenic: E. coli on 1% pure agar or NA + 5 µg/ml cholesterol.
Currently kept on "wet plates" (1% agar + cholesterol + 5 ml 0.05M phosphate
buffer at pH 7.3 + E. coli). Other bacteria have not been removed.
Keep at 16C to room temperature.
This nematode has been found inside the stomach of humans!
See Chandler (1938). Presumably, these were cases
of worms surviving accidental ingestion after stomach inactivation through
some other cause, but nevertheless: handle with due care - avoid all risks
of inadvertently swallowing worms!
Can be frozen in glycerin (very low efficiency).
Freely available on agar.
Chandler, A.C. (1938). Diploscapter coronata as a facultative parasite
of Man, with a general review of vertebrate parasitism by rhabditoid worms.
Parasitology 30, 44-55.
Eyualem, A.; Karegar, A.; Nabil, H. & De Ley, P. (submitted) A redescription
and ultrastructural study of Diploscapter coronatus (Cobb, 1893)
Cobb, 1913 from Ethiopia and Iran. Russian Journal of Nematology,
Last Updated: 27 March 1998