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Plectus minimus Cobb, 1893

CGC strain code:



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Other codes:

Plectus 1, Plectus 3, WCUG12, WCUG14, identical strain as PDL0014


Very dark soil under leaf litter from a park forest (Mahy property) in Landegem, Belgium. Mixed deciduous trees (sample taken 2m from an oak). Collected by Paul De Ley in November 1994.


Chromadoria - Chromadorida - Leptolaimina - Plectoidea - Plectidae

Culture conditions:

Xenic, keep at 16-18C:

Inoculation procedure for wet plates:

E. coli are suspended over FRESH plates the day before transfer of nematodes as follows.

Long-term storage:

Freezing has not been attempted.


Freely available on agar.


De Ley, P. & Coomans, A. (1994). Terrestrial nematodes from the Galápagos Archipelago IV: The genus Plectus Bastian, 1865, with description of three new species (Leptolaimina: Plectidae). Bulletin van het Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen - Biologie, 64: 43-70.


Paul De Ley.


Males not yet seen. Small adults; reproduction relatively rapid, can reach high densities. Specimens are quite sensitive to pH and desiccation; perhaps also to salinity (S-buffer not recommended). 
Last Updated: 27 March 1998