Bad Keys

Charles Hussey cgh at MAILSERVER.NHM.AC.UK
Thu Oct 12 15:18:46 CDT 1995

Apologies for yet another, but....

When I was working in the Wonderful World of Parasitic Worms I often had to
contend with the following:

8.  Males absent     9.

    Males present    12.

Actual example is from a key to genera of Mermithidae (Nematoda) published
in the UK. Naturally, it is less than helpful if you have only a female
specimen to identify.
Charles Hussey,
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