There is an enormous variety of both free-living and parasitic nematodes. They live in fluid, such as the moisture surrounding soil particles, in the roots or stems of plants, or in insects and other animals. They are very numerous; a square metre of pasture 10 centimetres deep has several million nematodes. These soil nematodes are less than 2 millimetres long.
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Soil Bugs – An Illustrated Guide to New Zealand Soil Invertebrates
Photograph by Alastair Robertson and Maria Minor
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