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4Posterior end of Gordionus violaceus male.  Note bifurcating posterior end and cloaca, appearing as round spot just to right of center.
10Posterior end of Paragordius obamai female, collected from Kenya.  Note the trifurcating end.  The cloaca, which is not visible, is in the center between the 3 posterior lobes
5Posterior end of female Chordodes sp., collected from Kenya.  This worm was removed 40 days post exposure to a cricket.  Although the worm appears fully developed, it was removed from its host with a cuticle, which is usually molted just before exiting the host.
1Cuticle of unknown worm collected in a mud puddle outside of a women's bathroom at a gas station near Aztec, New Mexico, USA.  
7Cuticle of unknown worm collected in a mud puddle outside of a women's bathroom at a gas station near Aztec, New Mexico, USA.
6Cuticle of unknown worm collected at Lake Winnie, Minnesota, USA.
9Cuticle of Gordius lineatus, collected from the central Mississippi valley.
11Cuticle of Neochordodes occidentalis collected in the Gila Wilderness, New Mexico.
3Cuticle of Gordionus violaceus.  Note the tall, rounded areoles, as seen in this folded cuticle preparation.  Note the numerous bristles in between the areoles.
2Another view of the cuticle of Gordionus violaceus.  Again, note the numerous bristles in between the areoles.
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Posterior end of female Paragordius obamai.







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Updated: July 2015