n. [Gr. mermis, cord; gyne, woman]
A female Formicidae parasitized by the nematode Mermis; a mermithophore.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • Mermithogyne — Usually characterised by shorted wings, mermithogynes are found in parts of the Formicidae, being queens affected by parasitic nematode worms of the genus Mermis. Also see: Mermithergate, Mermithaner, Polymorphism in the Formicidae. Further… …   Wikipedia

  • mermithophore — n. [Gr. mermis, cord; pherein, to carry] (NEMATA) An anomalous form resulting from parasitism by the nematode Mermis; a mermithaner, mermithergate, mermithogyne, mermithostratiote …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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