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Diploscapter coronatus (Cobb, 1893) Cobb, 1913

CGC strain code:



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Old codes:



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 Abera.


Secernentea - Rhabditida - Rhabditina - Rhabditoidea - Diploscapteridae

Culture conditions:

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.

Health warning:

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!

Long-term storage:

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, :-.


Abebe Eyualem.


No males. 
Last Updated: 27 March 1998