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Table 1 Capability of Phasmarhabditis sp. to infect different species and stages of terrestrial gastropods under laboratory conditions of 22±2 °C and 60±5R.H. %

From: First record of Phasmarhabditis sp. from eggs of Eobania vermiculata (Müller) snails in Egypt and their response to host size

Species and stage Mortality % Time from infection to recovered nematodes Ability of dead individuals to release nematodes Rate of individuals released nematodes % Ability of released nematodes to infect healthy pests Capacity index Rank
Eggs of E. vermiculata 100% 7.32±0.95 c (6-9) + 100% + 1366.12 1
Eggs of L. flavus 100% 8.4±1.05 a (7-10) + 100% + 1190.48 3
Eggs of A. fulica 100% 19.2±1.74 (15-21) + 50 + 260.41 7
Juvenile snail of E. vermiculata 100% 7.95 ±1 a (6-10) + 100 + 1257.86 2
Juvenile slug of L. flavus 100% 10.8±1.15 b (9-13) + 100 + 925.93 5
Mature snail of E. vermiculata 100% 10.5±1 b (9-12 ) + 100 + 952.38 4
Mature slug of L. flavus 100% 14.4±1.43 d (12-17) + 100 + 694.44 6
Mature A. fulica* 100%* 40 * e + 100 * + 250* 8
  1. Means had the same letter were in significant differences
  2. *Non-local species, only single individual were available from agricultural quarantine sample