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Gordius

(gōr'dē-ŭs),
An old name for the nematode genus Dracunculus, properly applied to members of the phylum Nematomorpha, commonly called the gordian or horsehair worms, hair worms, or hair snakes.
[L., fr. G. Gordios, king of Gordium in Phrygia; an allusion to the knotlike twistings of these worms]

Gordius,

in Greek mythology, a peasant in a cart who became the king of Phrygia after an oracle's prediction; he tied his cart to a pole with a complicated knot which was later severed, legend has it, by Alexander the Great.
Gordius worm - long, thin parasites resembling horse hairs, often existing in an intricately tangled mass. Synonym(s): horse hair worm
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The Gordius, or hair-worm: American Entomologist and Botanist, 2:193-197.
Contributions to the life history of Gordius robustus Leidy and Paragordius varius (Leidy).
The hairworm, Gordius robustus Leidy, as a parasite of the Mormon cricket, Anabrus simplex Haldeman.
Gordius robustus and Paragordius varius, appear to be more widespread than others.
Gordius alascensis Montgomery 1907, which was assigned to the genus Gordionus by Schmidt-Rhaesa et al.
A reevaluation of Gordius aquaticus difficilis Montgomery, 1898 (Nematomorpha, Gordioidea, Gordiidae).
Discussion: The arrangement of bristles in the posterior end forming a line on the tail lobes occurs in few species of the genus Gordius.
Discussion: The presence of long bristles at the posterior tip of the tail lobes has not been described from other species in the genus Gordius and is therefore regarded here as a new character.
Seven specimens belong to the genus Gordius, but could not be determined to species level.
The character combination of an angled postcloacal crescent and bristle-like structures on the cuticle is not present in the other Gordius species described.