Additional cases of predation on horsehair worms (Phylum Nematomorpha), with a recent record for Missouri.
Horsehair Worms (Nematomorpha) as Parasites of Praying Mantids with a Discussion of their Life Cycle.
Abstract: We recovered horsehair worms (Gordius difficilis and G.
Horsehair worms (Phylum Nematomorpha) are most commonly encountered during their free-living adult phase, when they occur in a variety of freshwater habitats as elongate, slender, slow-moving worms (Poinar 2001, Smith 2001).
Horsehair worms as a group are widely distributed but understudied.
Although other species of horsehair worms
have been reported from several of the states within the Mississippi River watershed (Schmidt-Rhaesa et al., 2003; Harp et al., 2008),P.varius has not been reported from Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, or Minnesota.
Adult horsehair worms can be found in fresh water (with the exception of 5 species living in the sea), where they copulate and deposit eggs.
Horsehair worms (Nematomorpha) from the Baltic Island Bornholm (Denmark), with notes on the biology of Gordius albopunctatus.