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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 Worms (Nematomorpha) as Parasites of Praying Mantids with a Discussion of their Life Cycle.
The Life Cycle of a Horsehair Worm, Gordius robustus (Nematomorpha: Gordioidea).
Although other species of horsehair worms have been reported from several of the states within the Mississippi River watershed (Schmidt-Rhaesa et al., 2003; Harp et al., 2008),P.varius has not been reported from Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, or Minnesota.
Horsehair worms as a group are widely distributed but understudied.
The purpose of this note is to report additional cases of predation by fish on horsehair worms. These provide new insight into the potential importance of predation as a source of mortality in this group.
Evidence for predation on horsehair worms was obtained opportunistically subsequent to fish collections by seining or angling.
Identification of horsehair worms to species can be difficult (Poinar 2001, Smith 2001).