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hairworm,

worm of the phylum NematomorphaNematomorpha
, small (about 230 species) phylum of pseudocoelomates; the horsehair worms. Most are very slender, elongated creatures found in ponds and streams, whose larvae live as parasites in arthropods. They emerge as adults for a brief time, then mate and die.
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hairworm

[′her‚wərm]
(invertebrate zoology)
The common name for about 80 species of worms composing the class Nematomorpha.
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Basically, all hairworms develop inside invertebrates, with a free-living stage in an aquatic habitat where mating and oviposition occur.
A list of the 18 species of North American hairworms recognized in this work, and their synonyms, is given in Table 1.
However, the like-lihood of hairworms developing in such small hosts as blackflies is negligible.
Species of hairworms (with synonyms) reported from North America.
Biology of cave crickets, Hadenoecus subterraneus, and camel crickets, Ceuthophilus stygius (Insecta: Orthoptera): Parasitism by hairworms (Nematomorpha).
Growth and development of the hairworm larva occurs after the paratenic host is consumed and the hairworm larva enters the body cavity of a developmental (or definitive) host, usually an insect predator or omnivore.
SYNOPSIS OF NORTH AMERICAN HAIRWORM SPECIES WITH GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION AND HOST RECORDS (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
1991) reported parasitism by this hairworm in the camel cricket, Ceuthophilus stygius and cave cricket, Hadenoecus subterraneus.
Hairworm and nematode infections in North American Orthoptera.
Gordioidea: Nematomorpha), a hairworm parasite of ground beetles (Carabidae: Coleoptera) with a summary of gordiid parasites from Carabidae.