Species Factsheet

Bursaphelenchus xylophilus


Complete name: Bursaphelenchus xylophilus (Steiner & Buhrer, 1934) Nickle, 1970
Taxonomy: Nematoda » Nematoda » Secernentea » » » Bursaphelenchus xylophilus
Authors: Alain Roques
Last updated: November 1st, 2006

Common Names

Pine wood nematode, pinewood nematode.


Short Description

Small, 0.5-1.3 mm long, slender nematode, infesting wood and causing pine wilt disease. The nematode is known to be vectored by insects, especially long-horned beetles of the genus Monochamus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). Feeds on fungal hyphae (usually Ceratocystis spp.) within the wood.