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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Nematoda
Class: Secernentea
Subclass: Diplogasteria
Order: Tylenchida
Family: Aphelenchoididae
Genus: Aphelenchoides
Fischer, 1894

Aphelenchoides is a genus of plant pathogenic foliar nematodes.


In 1961 Sanwal listed 33 species and provided a key.[1]

The most important species of these are Aphelenchoides ritzemabosi, the chrysanthemum foliar nematode; Aphelenchoides fragariae, the spring crimp or spring dwarf nematode of strawberry, which also attacks many ornamentals; and Aphelenchoides besseyi, causing summer crimp or dwarf of strawberry and white tip of rice.

Several species of this genus feed ectoparasitically and endoparasitically on aboveground plant parts.


  1. ^ Canadian J. Zool. 39: 143-148


  • George Agrios (2005): Plant Pathology, Fifth Edition. Elsevier Academic Press

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