Nematode worms are the most abundant multicellular animals on Earth, in fact it has been estimated that 4 out of every 5 animals are nematodes.
They are extremely diverse and can be:
Over 25,000 species of nematodes have been described, but there are likely to be millions of species.
Manunema kithara was discovered in 2004, during a series of surveys of the marine nematodes of Kuwait.
It is a marine, free-living nematode worm in the family Peresianiidae.
Approximately 900 species of nematodes were found during the surveys that took place from 2002-2004. The majority, like M. kithara, were new to science.
Another, Manunema kuwaitiensis, was discovered in the same area, bringing the total number of Manunema species known worldwide to 5.
Learn about the shape and size of Manunema kithara, find out what distinguishes this species from others and discover the origins of its name.
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Manunema kithara was discovered in Kuwait Bay in the northern Arabian Gulf in 2004.
A diagram of the nematode Manuema kithara. © Zootaxa© © ZooTaxa (http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/)
The guitar-shaped oesophageal bulb of Manunema kithara
A scientist collecting nematode worms on a field trip
Dr Tim Ferrero