Cercariae developing in Lymnaea natalensis Krauss, 1848 collected in the vicinity of Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa

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Abstract

Freshwater snails are known to serve as first intermediate hosts for various parasitic diseases such as schistosomosis and fasciolosis. Snails were collected on several occasions in the proximity of Pretoria, South Africa and their cercarial sheddings were studied. This article describes three different types of cercariae shed by the freshwater snail, Lymnaea natalensis, viz. a fork-tailed cercaria of a Trichobilharzia sp., an avian parasite belonging to the family Schistosomatidae, an echinostomatid cercaria of the family Echinostomatidae, also avian parasites and a xiphidiocercaria of the family Plagiorchiidae which parasitise avians and amphibians. The morphology of these cercariae was studied by light and scanning electron microscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-223
Number of pages9
JournalOnderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research
Volume75
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cercariae
  • Lymnaea natalensis
  • Parasites
  • Schistosoma
  • Snails
  • Trichobilharzia
  • sp.

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