Nematode genus discovered by AMU researchers

The authors have named this new genus and species as `Rhinodorylaimus Kazirangus` on rhinoceros which is the flagship animal at this National Park, they said.

Last Updated: Jul 13, 2011, 14:20 PM IST

Aligarh: Researchers from the Department
of Zoology, Aligarh Muslim University claimed to have
discovered a soil-inhabiting nematode in Assam`s Kaziranga
National Park.

The team`s findings have been reported in a leading
international journal `Nematology` published from the
Netherlands, university sources said.

The authors have named this new genus and species as
`Rhinodorylaimus Kazirangus` on rhinoceros which is the
flagship animal at this National Park, they said.

Prof Wasim Ahmad, who heads this project, said that
the North-East of the country, where the nematode has been
discovered is one of the world`s most notable "biodiversity
hotspots."

Nematodes play a very critical role in the soil`s
ecosystem, he added.

PTI