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horsehair worm

n.
Any of various long slender aquatic worms of the phylum Nematomorpha, the larvae of which are parasitic in arthropods. Also called hairworm.
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horsehair worm

n
(Animals) another name for hairworm2
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horse′hair worm`


n.
any long slender aquatic worm of the phylum Nematomorpha, developing parasitically on insects and crustaceans.
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Predation on horsehair worms (Phylum Nematomorpha).
Additional cases of predation on horsehair worms (Phylum Nematomorpha), with a recent record for Missouri.
During summer 2011, collection of freshwater horsehair worms was attempted at 10 sites, including Eagle Fork Creek, Glover River, Lukfata Creek, Mud Creek, Mountain Fork River, Salt Creek, Steven's Creek, Yanubbee Creek, Yashau Creek, and White Oak Creek in McCurtain County, Oklahoma.
Nine specimens of free-living adult horsehair worms were collected and identified as Paragordius varius (Leidy, 1851).
About 300 species of horsehair worms (Nematomorpha) are known, about a third of them from Europe (Schmidt-Rhaesa 1997).
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.
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).