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Subfamily Karlingiinae Rieger, 1971


Stylet simple. Body usually elongate and round in section, pharynx tubular, posteriorly directed, frontal glands behind brain and ducts pass through it. Common genital pore opens into a common atrium, female opens from anterior, male obliquely from posterior, usually a glandular accessory organ opening separately or with male organ, testis single, anterior or level with single or paired ovary, male with seminal vesicle, prostate and anteriorly directed stylet, glands open distally in prostate; female with either a simple extension of oviduct or a vagina, with atrial bursa and characteristic bursal pieces always with 2 little disk-like thickenings. Marine and brackish waters.

Type genus

Karlingia Ferguson, 1954


Acanthomacrostomum Papi and Swedmark, 1959
Karlingia Ferguson, 1954
Myozonaria Rieger, 1968
Paramyzonaria Rieger, 1971


These worms are treated by Rieger (1971a,b).

Subfamily Karlingiinae