Furcocercous cercariae shed by the freshwater snails Pila occidentalis (Mousson, 1887) and Biomphalaria pfeifferi (Krauss, 1848) in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

C. Jansen van Rensburg*, P. H. King, J. G. van As

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Abstract

During July 2009 and 2010 surveys of snail-borne larval trematodes of the Okavango Delta floodplains and lagoons were undertaken. Cercaria mohemboense were shed by Pila occidentalis (Mousson, 1887) and Cercaria dubaensis and Cercaria indistinctus were shed by Biomphalaria pfeifferi (Krauss, 1848), respectively. Morphological descriptions of these fork-tailed cercariae are given, with suggestions on the possible life cycles of these parasites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-203
Number of pages11
JournalAfrican Journal of Aquatic Science
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2016

Keywords

  • digenean life cycle
  • infection
  • intermediate host
  • larval form
  • mollusc
  • morphology

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