FIRST RECORD OF CHIRONOMIDAE LARVAE (INSECTA: DIPTERA) AS PARATENIC HOST OF GORDIOIDEA IMMATURES (NEMATOMORPHA: GORDIOIDA) IN AN ATLANTIC

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Although immature and/or adult chironomids are known to be parasitized by a variety of taxa including mermithid nematodes, water mites, fungi, microsporidians and Hymnoptera parasitoids (Steffan 1967; Tokeshi 1995; Roque & Trivinho-Strixino 2006), they have not been reported as a paratenic host for Nematomorpha larvae, popularly known as horsehair worms or hairworms. Here we report the occurrence of Beardius and Endotribelos larvae (Diptera: Chironomidae: Chironominae) as paratenic hosts of Gordioidea (Nematomorpha: Gordioida) for the first time. The larval specimens were collected with a Surber sampler in a small stream in the Brazilia

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