Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Subanguina radicicola

Subanguina radicicola (Greeff, 1872)

grass root-gall nematode

on a wide variety of grasses

Subanguina radicicola galls on Elytrigia repens

Elytrigia repens, Belgiun, prov. Limbourg, Kinrooi, Stamprooierbroek. 18.v.2021 © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Subanguina radicicola


Subanguina radicicola

opened nodue with eelworms

Subanguina radicicola: galls on ? Poa

? Poa spec., Belgium, prov. Hainaut, Virelles, Galloway © Sébastien Carbonnelle

Subanguina radicicola: galls on ? Poa



Whitish swellings of the roots, usually at their tips. They are spirally twisted or bean-shaped and have cavities in which nematodes live.

host plants

Poaceae, broadly oligophagous

Agrostis capillaris, stolonifera; Alopecurus geniculatus, pratensis; Anthoxanthum odoratum; Arrhenatherum elatius & subsp. bulbosum; Avena; Avenella flexuosa; Bromopsis erecta, pannonica; Elytrigia repens; Festuca ovina; Holcus lanatus; Hordeum; Leymus arenarius; Lolium perenne; Ochlopoa annua; Phalaroides arundinacea; Phleum pratense; Poa pratensis, trivialis; Puccinellia maritima; Schedonorus pratensis; Secale cereale; Triticum aestivum; Zea mays.

According to Bongers (contra Buhr) not on Lolium perenne.


Ditylenchus, Heterodera, radicicola.


Balrati (1900a), Bongers (1988a), Buhr (1964b, 1965a), Coulianos & Holmåsen (1991a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Houard (1908a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam (2009a, 2019a), Tavares (1905a), Tomasi (2014a, 2021a).

Last modified 2.iv.2023