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Fasciola hepatica - adult worm

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.[1]

Morphological features

  • length of adults: 2 (Parafasciolopsis) up to 10 cm (Fasciola gigantica, Fascioloides magna)
  • suckers: oral and ventral sucker are closely located [1]
  • cercariae: gymnocephalic shape [2]

Systematics within family

According to Olson et al. 2003 [3] the family has five genera:


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