Worm Breeder's Gazette 11(5): 60
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Natural isolates of C. elegans have now been obtained from many different geographical locations (WBG 7-2:34; 8-2:52,53; 8-3:78, etc.). These have been examined for general morphology, behavior, hermaphrodite self-fertility and male mating competence, and also for Tc1 pattern. As well as differences previously noted in 'plugging' ( WBG 10-2:140) and 'bordering' (Cassada, WBG 93:29), some other natural mutations have been noticed in these strains. No doubt further subtle differences could be detected by more detailed examination. At least 16 distinct races can be defined. Type strains for all of these races will be available from the CGC.