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Helicotylenchus multicinctus
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Helicotylenchus multicinctus (banana spiral nematode)

Summary

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  • 16 November 2021
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Invasive Species
  • Pest
  • Natural Enemy
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Helicotylenchus multicinctus
  • Preferred Common Name
  • banana spiral nematode
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Nematoda
  •       Family: Hoplolaimidae
  •         Genus: Helicotylenchus

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C-F, H & I. Topotypes; remainder specimens from banana from Samoa Island. A, B, C. Adults in relaxed body posture. D. Head end, female. E. Oesophageal region, female. F. Oesophageal region, male. G, H. Tail ends, male. I-K. Tail ends, female.

Reproduced from Siddiqi MR, 1973. CIH Descriptions of Plant-parasitic Nematodes. Set 2, No. 23. Wallingford, UK: CAB International.
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CaptionC-F, H & I. Topotypes; remainder specimens from banana from Samoa Island. A, B, C. Adults in relaxed body posture. D. Head end, female. E. Oesophageal region, female. F. Oesophageal region, male. G, H. Tail ends, male. I-K. Tail ends, female. Reproduced from Siddiqi MR, 1973. CIH Descriptions of Plant-parasitic Nematodes. Set 2, No. 23. Wallingford, UK: CAB International.
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C-F, H & I. Topotypes; remainder specimens from banana from Samoa Island. A, B, C. Adults in relaxed body posture. D. Head end, female. E. Oesophageal region, female. F. Oesophageal region, male. G, H. Tail ends, male. I-K. Tail ends, female.

Reproduced from Siddiqi MR, 1973. CIH Descriptions of Plant-parasitic Nematodes. Set 2, No. 23. Wallingford, UK: CAB International.
Adult - line drawingC-F, H & I. Topotypes; remainder specimens from banana from Samoa Island. A, B, C. Adults in relaxed body posture. D. Head end, female. E. Oesophageal region, female. F. Oesophageal region, male. G, H. Tail ends, male. I-K. Tail ends, female. Reproduced from Siddiqi MR, 1973. CIH Descriptions of Plant-parasitic Nematodes. Set 2, No. 23. Wallingford, UK: CAB International.CAB International

Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Helicotylenchus multicinctus (Cobb, 1893) Golden, 1956

Preferred Common Name

  • banana spiral nematode

Other Scientific Names

  • Anguillulina multicincta (Cobb) T. Goodey, 1932
  • Helicotylenchus iperoiguensis (Carvalho) Andrássy, 1958
  • Rotylenchus iperoiguensis Carvalho, 1956
  • Rotylenchus multicinctus (Cobb) Filipjev, 1936
  • Tylenchorhyncus multicinctus (Cobb) Micoletzky, 1922
  • Tylenchus multicinctus Cobb, 1983

International Common Names

  • English: spiral nematode

EPPO code

  • HELYMU (Helicotylenchus multicinctus)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Nematoda
  •             Family: Hoplolaimidae
  •                 Genus: Helicotylenchus
  •                     Species: Helicotylenchus multicinctus

Description

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Adult Females

Body of heat-killed specimens arcuate or C-shaped; annules distinct, lateral field with four incisures, not areolated. Lip region hemispherical, with 3-5 annuli; framework heavily sclerotized; cephalids usually indistinct. Stylet well developed, 21-24 µm long, with 5-6-µm-wide basal knobs, appearing anteriorly flattened or concave. Oesophagus with rounded metacorpus, and glandular part overlapping intestine ventrally, with subventral glands posterior to dorsal. Dorsal oesophageal gland outlet about 26-35% of total spear length. Excretory pore at level of oesophago-intestinal junction; hemizonid 0-3 body annules anterior to it. Genital apparatus composed of two symmetrical ovaries; sometimes the posterior ovary may appear reduced, but is still functional. Spermathecae rounded, usually filled with sperms. Vulva is a depressed transverse slit on ventral side of the body. Tail slightly tapering, with anus marked by a slight depression; terminus annulated, hemispherical in shape, with dorsal margin more curved than ventral; 6-13 cuticular rings on ventral side. Phasmids punctate, 1-6 annuli anterior to anus.

Adult Males

Abundant, similar to females, except for genital characters. Testis single, outstretched. Caudal alae crenate, enveloping tail but not protruding beyond it in lateral view. Spicules weakly cephalated. Gubernaculum simple.

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 25 Feb 2021
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes

Africa

AngolaPresent
BeninPresent
Burkina FasoPresent, Widespread
BurundiPresent
CameroonPresent
Congo, Democratic Republic of thePresent
Côte d'IvoirePresent, Widespread
EgyptPresent
EthiopiaPresent
GabonPresent
GhanaPresent
KenyaPresent
MadagascarPresent
MalawiPresent
MauritiusPresent
MozambiquePresent
NigeriaPresent, Widespread
RéunionPresent
RwandaPresent
São Tomé and PríncipePresent
SeychellesPresent
SomaliaPresent
South AfricaPresent
SudanPresent
TanzaniaPresent, Widespread
TunisiaPresent
UgandaPresent
ZambiaPresent
ZimbabwePresent

Asia

BangladeshPresent
BruneiPresent
ChinaPresent
-GuangdongPresent
-SichuanPresent
Cocos IslandsPresent
IndiaPresent
-Andhra PradeshPresent
-GujaratPresent
-KarnatakaPresent
-KeralaPresent
-Madhya PradeshPresent
-OdishaPresent
-Tamil NaduPresent
-TripuraPresent
-West BengalPresent
IranPresent
IsraelPresent
JordanPresent
LebanonPresent
MalaysiaPresent
OmanPresent, Widespread
PakistanPresent
PhilippinesPresent
Sri LankaPresent
ThailandPresent
UzbekistanPresent
VietnamPresent, Localized

Europe

BelgiumPresent
BulgariaPresent
CyprusPresent
CzechiaPresent
GreecePresent
HungaryPresent
ItalyPresent
LithuaniaPresent
MoldovaPresent
PortugalPresent
-MadeiraPresent
RomaniaPresent
RussiaPresent
-Central RussiaPresent
-Russian Far EastPresent
SlovakiaPresent
SloveniaPresent
SpainPresent
-Canary IslandsPresent
United KingdomPresent

North America

Antigua and BarbudaPresent
BarbadosPresent
BelizePresent
Costa RicaPresent
CubaPresent
DominicaPresent
Dominican RepublicPresent
El SalvadorPresent
GrenadaPresent
GuadeloupePresent
GuatemalaPresent
HondurasPresent
JamaicaPresent
MartiniquePresent
MexicoPresent
MontserratPresent
NicaraguaPresent
PanamaPresent
Saint LuciaPresent
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesPresent
Trinidad and TobagoPresent
United StatesPresent
-AlabamaPresent
-ArkansasPresent, Few occurrences
-CaliforniaPresent
-DelawarePresent
-FloridaPresent
-GeorgiaPresent
-HawaiiPresent
-MarylandPresent
-MassachusettsPresent
-New JerseyPresent

Oceania

American SamoaPresent
AustraliaPresent
-New South WalesPresent
-QueenslandPresent
-Western AustraliaPresent
Cook IslandsPresent
FijiPresent
KiribatiPresent
NiuePresent
Papua New GuineaPresent
SamoaPresent
Solomon IslandsPresent
TongaPresent
TuvaluPresent
VanuatuPresent

South America

ArgentinaPresent
BoliviaPresent
BrazilPresent
-AcrePresent
-AlagoasPresent
-AmazonasPresent
-BahiaPresent
-CearaPresent
-Espirito SantoPresent
-Minas GeraisPresent
-ParaPresent
-PernambucoPresent
-Rio de JaneiroPresent, Widespread
-Sao PauloPresent
ColombiaPresent
French GuianaPresent
PeruPresent
SurinamePresent
VenezuelaPresent

Hosts/Species Affected

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H. multicinctus is regarded as an important parasite of bananas in almost every banana-growing area of the world. It has also been recorded to have a wide host range (Goodey et al., 1965). Recently, Gowen and Quénéhervé (1990) found it in Côte d'Ivoire, in association with 12 hosts. In Cuba, the nematode was detected in 32 host plants, including beets, common beans, carrots, cowpeas, garlic, hairy cotton, head cabbages, lettuces, melons, peas, rape and watermelons (Stoyanov, 1967).

The nematode attacks suckers (= rhizomes), primary and secondary roots. Quénéhervé and Cadet (1985a) also noticed lesions in the corm.

Host Plants and Other Plants Affected

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Plant nameFamilyContextReferences
Allium sativum (garlic)LiliaceaeOther
Beta vulgaris var. saccharifera (sugarbeet)ChenopodiaceaeOther
Brassica napus var. napus (rape)BrassicaceaeOther
Brassica oleracea var. capitata (cabbage)BrassicaceaeOther
Camellia sinensis (tea)TheaceaeOther
Carica papaya (pawpaw)CaricaceaeOther
Citrullus lanatus (watermelon)CucurbitaceaeOther
CitrusRutaceaeOther
Citrus reticulata (mandarin)RutaceaeOther
Citrus sinensis (sweet orange)RutaceaeOther
Coffea (coffee)RubiaceaeOther
Coffea arabica (arabica coffee)RubiaceaeUnknown
Mekete et al. (2008); Mekete et al. (2008)
Cola acuminata (cola)SterculiaceaeOther
Cucumis melo (melon)CucurbitaceaeOther
Cynodon dactylon (Bermuda grass)PoaceaeWild host
Daucus carota (carrot)ApiaceaeOther
Dioscorea alata (white yam)DioscoreaceaeOther
Elaeis guineensis (African oil palm)ArecaceaeOther
Ficus carica (common fig)MoraceaeOther
Hevea brasiliensis (rubber)EuphorbiaceaeOther
Ipomoea batatas (sweet potato)ConvolvulaceaeOther
Lactuca sativa (lettuce)AsteraceaeOther
Mangifera indica (mango)AnacardiaceaeOther
Manihot esculenta (cassava)EuphorbiaceaeOther
Musa (banana)MusaceaeMain
Musa x paradisiaca (plantain)MusaceaeMain
Oryza sativa (rice)PoaceaeOther
Pachystachys lutea (lollypops)AcanthaceaeHabitat/association
Persea americana (avocado)LauraceaeOther
Phaseolus vulgaris (common bean)FabaceaeOther
Phoenix dactylifera (date-palm)ArecaceaeUnknown
Picea (spruces)PinaceaeWild host
Pinus (pines)PinaceaeWild host
Pisum sativum (pea)FabaceaeOther
Saccharum officinarum (sugarcane)PoaceaeOther
Taxus (yew)TaxaceaeWild host
Theobroma cacao (cocoa)MalvaceaeOther
Vigna unguiculata (cowpea)FabaceaeOther
Vitis vinifera (grapevine)VitaceaeOther
Zea mays (maize)PoaceaeOther

Growth Stages

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Flowering stage, Fruiting stage, Seedling stage, Vegetative growing stage

Symptoms

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The damage symptoms are similar to those caused by other serious root endoparasites of the family Pratylenchidae, both on banana plants and plantains. The nematode attacks the outer cortical part of the root causing characteristic necrotic lesions, which are at first yellow in colour and then turn reddish-brown to black. Minz et al. (1960) and Luc and Vilardebó (1961) reported brown root flecks in discoloured tissues, that they indicated were symptomatic of H. multicinctus infestation; later, Zuckerman and Strich-Harari (1963) noticed that these were associated with egg laying within the root cortex. Rarely, in heavy infestations, the root lesions can coalesce and the necrosis becomes extensive, causing distortion followed by decay of the root. Infected plants are stunted and may topple.

List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Roots / cortex with lesions
Roots / necrotic streaks or lesions
Whole plant / dwarfing
Whole plant / uprooted or toppled

Biology and Ecology

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According to the reports of Minz et al. (1960) and Zuckerman and Strich-Harari (1963), H. multicinctus is able to complete its life cycle within the cortical layer of the roots where all eggs, juveniles and adult stages can be found. Thus it is regarded as an endoparasite, although there is no evidence of nematode migration through the cortical tissues (Blake, 1966).

Blake (1966), studying the host-parasite relationships of this species on banana roots, observed that adults inoculated fed within 36 hours upon parenchymatous cells partly embedded in the root; after 4 days they were wholly inside the cortical layer to a depth of about 4-6 cells. Surrounding tissues showed cellular damage consisting of contracted cytoplasm, ruptured walls and enlarged nuclei. Discoloration and necroses often also occurred near the infection points.

The introduction of the nematode into new areas occurs by 'seeds', sets or suckers (= rhizomes), usually brought from old infested plantations; infected planting material is the main means of dissemination. Strich-Harari et al. (1966) studied the spread of nematodes in a growing plant, whereas Stoyanov (1967) observed that the nematode can also survive for 4 months without the host plant.

Life Cycle

The life cycle of H. multicinctus was studied in detail by Zuckerman and Strich-Harari (1963). Groups of 8-26 eggs, orientated parallel to the long cell axes, were frequently observed in discoloured cortical tissues. Gravid females, held in tap water at 30°C, laid eggs within 24 hours, and 48-51 hours later the hatch occurred. The second-stage juvenile is characterized by having a ventral digitate tail process, which disappears during the second moult. The third-stage juvenile has a convex-conoid tail, without any projection, and a gonad primordium averaging 2-6 cells. In the fourth-stage juvenile the gonad is longer than 60 µm, and during the fourth moult its development is completed. Adult males and females reproduce sexually by amphimixis.

For a review of selected papers see Siddiqi (1973) and McSorley and Parrado (1986); a more comprehensive review, including other major damaging endoparasitic nematodes, is by Gowen and Quénéhervé (1990).

Seedborne Aspects

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There is no evidence that H. multicinctus is seedborne.

Pathway Vectors

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VectorNotesLong DistanceLocalReferences
Clothing, footwear and possessionsWith banana rhizones Yes
Containers and packaging - woodIn soil from banana grower Yes
Land vehiclesIn soil from banana grower Yes
MailWith banana rhizones Yes
Soil, sand and gravelWith banana rhizones Yes

Plant Trade

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Plant parts liable to carry the pest in trade/transportPest stagesBorne internallyBorne externallyVisibility of pest or symptoms
Bulbs/Tubers/Corms/Rhizomes nematodes/adults; nematodes/eggs; nematodes/juveniles Yes Yes Pest or symptoms not visible to the naked eye but usually visible under light microscope
Growing medium accompanying plants nematodes/adults; nematodes/eggs; nematodes/juveniles Yes Pest or symptoms not visible to the naked eye but usually visible under light microscope
Roots nematodes/adults; nematodes/eggs; nematodes/juveniles Yes Yes Pest or symptoms not visible to the naked eye but usually visible under light microscope
Seedlings/Micropropagated plants nematodes/adults; nematodes/eggs; nematodes/juveniles Yes Pest or symptoms not visible to the naked eye but usually visible under light microscope
Plant parts not known to carry the pest in trade/transport
Bark
Flowers/Inflorescences/Cones/Calyx
Fruits (inc. pods)
Leaves
Stems (above ground)/Shoots/Trunks/Branches
True seeds (inc. grain)
Wood

Impact

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Minz et al. (1960) first reported a decline of banana (Musa AAA, Cavendish) plantations in the Jordan Valley, with substantial losses in yield within 3 years. Their data are the most reliable because the spiral nematode occurred in the absence of Radopholus similis and Pratylenchus coffeae, the other two major pests of banana. Colbran and Saunders (1961) and Edmunds (1969) reported that H. multicinctus, together with other nematodes, caused considerable reduction in banana production in Australia and the Windward Islands, respectively. H. multicinctus seems also to be a major nematological problem on banana and plantains in several locations, such as Florida, Argentina, Cuba, South Africa, Cyprus, India and Pakistan (McSorley and Parrado, 1986). Vovlas et al. (1994) reported it as the most important nematode associated with banana in Sao Tomé.

Although H. multicinctus has been reported to cause considerable root damage in many banana-growing areas of the world, estimates of crop losses are not available because of the close association between species, and their interactions with environmental factors.

Detection and Inspection

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Because of the endoparasitic habits of the species, populations of H. multicinctus can be detected by collecting soil, especially samples from around the root system, with appropriate tools (trowel, soil sampling tube, spade, shovel). Living specimens can be extracted from viable root tissues, either under a dissecting microscope or by following the extraction procedures illustrated in general nematology handbooks.

Generally, the Baermann funnel method is suitable for extracting motile specimens from soil and roots, whereas centrifugal flotation and flotation-sieving techniques are effective for soil and tissue extractions.

Prevention and Control

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Due to the variable regulations around (de)registration of pesticides, your national list of registered pesticides or relevant authority should be consulted to determine which products are legally allowed for use in your country when considering chemical control. Pesticides should always be used in a lawful manner, consistent with the product's label.

Chemical Control

Nematicides are one of the most important means of controlling H. multicinctus and other plant parasitic nematodes on bananas, and are generally widely used by growers producing fruit for the international export trade. Minz et al. (1960), Strich-Harari et al. (1966), Luc and Vilardebó (1961) and Philis (1971) reported nematicidal trials on banana using DBCP; different degrees of efficacy were found due to the influence of local conditions and environmental factors. For toxicological reasons this fumigant has recently been banned from use.

For a review of selected papers see Siddiqi (1973) and McSorley and Parrado (1986); a more comprehensive review, including other major damaging endoparasitic nematodes, is by Gowen and Quénéhervé (1990).

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