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The alae is a protruding ridge that forms longitudinally on many nematodes. In the Caenorhabditis elegans nematode they are present in the L1, dauer and adult stages. The alae is most pronounced during the dauer larval stage and not present in the L2, and L3 C. elegans stages.
The term ‘alae’ is the plural of ala, describing either one of the pair of ridges that forms on a nematode or an individual crease found on an individual ridge. The term ‘ala’ is rarely used in describing the alae and scientific journals use the term ‘alae’ both singularly and in the plural.