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Fasciolidae

Fasciolidae

Fasciolidae is a family of trematodes and includes several veterinary and medical important parasites. Family Fasciolidae is divided into 5 genera. Flukes of the family are localized in liver, gall bladder, and the intestine. The life cycle of fasciolid flukes includes one intermediate host – freshwater snails from family Lymnaeidae.

Morphological features

  • length of adults: 2 (Parafasciolopsis) up to 10 cm (Fasciola gigantica, Fascioloides magna)
  • suckers: oral and ventral sucker are closely located
  • cercariae: gymnocephalic shape

Sytematics within family

According to Olson et al. 2003 the family has five genera:

References

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