Coles, J. W. (1987). Observations on the marine nematode genus Spirinia Gerlach, 1963 (Desmodoridae: Spiriniinae) with descriptions of two new species. BIIII. Br. Mus. nat. Hist. (Zool.). 53(2): 79-101.
Coles, J. W.
Observations on the marine nematode genus Spirinia Gerlach, 1963 (Desmodoridae: Spiriniinae) with descriptions of two new species
Observations on the nematode genus Spirinia Gerlach, 1963 are made including notes on its systematic position. The genus is characterized by the shape of the head, form and position of the amphids, narrow slightly cuticularized buccal cavity, short oesophagus with a pronounced bulb and form of the male genital apparatus. The tail-shape separates the genus into two sub-genera-conical in the subgenus Spirinia and flagellate in the subgenus Perspiria. A list of the valid species is given together with notes of those considered as nomina dubia and a dichotomous key for the determination of species. Descriptions and/or notes are given of the following species: Spirinia (S.) parasitifera (Bastian, 1865): S. (S.) schneideri (Villot, 1875); S. (S.)hopperi sp. nov.; S. (S.) laevis (Bastian, 1865); S. (S.) gerlachi (Luc & DeConinck, 1959); S. (Perspiria) hamata Wieser & Hopper, 1967; S. (P.) mokii sp. nov.