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DISCOVERY BY EMPLOYEES OF INSTITUTE OF ZOOLOGY

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Employees of the Institute of Zoology of Ilia State University, Oleg Gorgadze and Shalva Barjadze have discovered a new species of nematode in Devi Cave (Demishpokva) in the region of Tsalenjikha, West Georgia. The nematode belongs to the genus Mesomermis; since 1972, its only species called Mesomermis caucasica Rubzov has been known in Georgia.

Scientists named the nematode according to the place where it was found, Devi Cave.

This species of nematode is probably a parasite of two-winged or so-called true flies Diptera larvae, like other species of the genus.

The work was published in the popular science journal called "Turkish Journal of Zoology".

The full version of the article is available here.

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