Zeldia punctata (Thorne, 1925) Thorne, 1937
CGC strain code:
alphaD, WCUG3, JB-040
Nebe, central Senegal: Sahel soil 5 km south of Diourbel along road Diourbel-Gossas.
Collected in August 1991 by Pierre Baujard.
Secernentea - Rhabditida - Cephalobina - Cephaloboidea - Cephalobidae
Xenic: E. coli on 1.5% pure agar (with or without 0.1% 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). No attempts to remove
other bacteria have so far been made.
No survival after freezing in glycerin. Z. punctata can be stored
6-12 months on slowly desiccated plates. Dry slivers of such plates can
be stored permanently by freezing them at -80°C. However, it is difficult
in practice to achieve gradual desiccation of sufficient numbers of worms
to guarantee proper recovery. Always check a sliver of the desiccated plate
for recovery, both before and after freezing at -80°C.
Freely available on agar.
Allen, M.V. & Noffsinger, E.M. (1972). A review of the genus Zeldia
Thorne, 1937 (Nematoda: Cephalobidae) with descriptions of seven new species.
Proceedings of the Helminthological Society of Washington 39: 206-223.
- Redescription of types & topotypes from California.
Rashid, F.; Geraert, E. & Sharma, R.D. (1985). Morphology, taxonomy
and morphometry of some Cephalobidae (Nematoda: Rhabditida) from Brazil,
with descriptions of two new genera and four new species. Nematologica
30 (1984): 251-298.
De Ley, P.; Geraert, E. & Coomans, A. (1990). Seven cephalobids
from Senegal. Journal of African Zoology 104: 287-304.
Boström, S. (1992). Some Cephalobidae (Nematoda: Rhabditida) from
Crete, Greece. Fundamental and Applied Nematology 15: 289-295 -
Paul De Ley.
Do not keep below 20°C - thrives at 34°C according to Pierre Baujard!
Parthenogenic. Multiplies moderately fast (for a cephalobid). Males not
Last Updated: Tuesday 27 March 1998