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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Nematoda
Class: Enoplea
Order: Muspiceida
Superfamily: Muspiceoidea
Family: Robertdollfusidae
Genus: Durikainema
Spratt & Speare, 1982
Type species
Durikainema macropi
Spratt & Speare, 1982

D. macropi
D. phascolarcti

Durikainema is a genus of two nematodes in the family Robertdollfusidae. Species have a head with a cuticular cephalic inflation, elongated papillae and amphids, and well-developed musculature. Characteristics of the males include a single spicule and a long attenuated tail. Durikainema species parasitize macropods.[1] The genus was circumscribed in 1982 with the type species Durikainema macropi,[2] a parasite of the eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus). D. phascolarcti, parasite of the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), was described in 1998.[3]


  1. ^ Anderson RC, Chabaud AG, Willmott S (2009). Keys to the Nematode Parasites of Vertebrates: Archival Volume. CABI. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-84593-572-6.
  2. ^ Spratt, D. M.; Speare, R. (1982). "Durikainema macropi gen. et sp. nov. (Muspiceoidea : Robertdollfusidae), A remarkable nematode from Macropodidae (Marsupialia)". Annales de Parasitologie Humaine et Comparée. 57 (1): 53–62. doi:10.1051/parasite/1982571053. ISSN 0003-4150. open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ Spratt DM, Gill PA (1998). "Durikainema phascolarcti n. sp. (Nematoda: Muspiceoidea: Robertdollfusidae) from the pulmonary arteries of the koala Phascolarctos cinereus with associated pathological changes". Systematic Parasitology. 39: 101–6. doi:10.1023/A:1005957809179.