Cercariae shed by Bulinus tropicus (Krauss, 1848) in the Free State, South Africa

P. H. King*, J. G. Van As

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Abstract

The present study forms part of a survey of the snail-borne trematode parasites in the Free State Province, South Africa. The planorbid mollusc Bulinus tropicus (Krauss, 1848) is the most abundant and widespread freshwater snail in this area. Parasitological studies showed this snail to shed nine types of cercariae. Light and scanning electron microscopy was used to describe the morphology of five types of cercariae, an amphistome cercaria, three xiphidio cercariae and a cystophorous cercaria. The presumptive life cycles of these parasitic forms are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-105
Number of pages11
JournalAfrican Zoology
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2001

Keywords

  • Amphistome
  • Cystophorous
  • Larvae
  • Morphology
  • Trematoda
  • Xiphidio

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