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Steinernema fabii n. sp. (Rhabditida: Steinernematidae), a new entomopathogenic nematode from South Africa
Abate, Birhan A.
Tiedt, Louwrens R.
Malan, Antoinette P.
Wingfield, Michael J.
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A new species of entomopathogenic nematode, Steinernema fabii n. sp., was isolated by trapping with wax moth (Galleria mellonella) larvae from soil in an Acacia mearnsii plantation in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. The new species is morphologically characterised by the length of the infective juvenile (IJ) of 641 (590-697) ?m, by a tail length of 58 (52-64) ?m, ratio a = 24 (21-41), H% = 53 (37-61) and E% = 93 (83-105). The pattern of the lateral field of the IJ of the new species is 2, 5, 2 ridges (3, 6, 3 incisures). The male of the first generation can be recognised by the long spicule of 90 (79-106) ?m and gubernaculum of 66 (56-77) ?m; D% = 64 (52-75) and GS% = 73 (63-86). The first generation female can be recognised by a protruding vulva with a short, double-flapped epiptygmata, and the lack of a postanal swelling, while the second generation differs in having a postanal swelling and a conical, sharply pointed tail. Analysis of DNA sequences for the ITS and D2-D3 gene regions showed S. fabii n. sp. to differ from all other Steinernema species and to belong to a new monophyletic group, the �Cameroonian� clade, consisting of S. cameroonense, S. nyetense, S. sacchari and S. fabii n. sp., all from the African continent. This group is closely related to species in the feltiae-kraussei-oregonense Clade III