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The life-cycle and biology of Hemiurus communis Odhner, 1905 (Digenea, Hemiuridae)
Køie, M. (1995). The life-cycle and biology of Hemiurus communis Odhner, 1905 (Digenea, Hemiuridae). Parasite 2(2): 195-202
In: Parasite. PDG Communication/Princeps Editions: Paris. ISSN 1252-607X, more
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Keywords
    Fish; Life cycle; Digenea [WoRMS]; Hemiurus communis Odhner, 1905 [WoRMS]; Retusa truncatula (Bruguière, 1792) [WoRMS]; Trematoda [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Køie, M.

Abstract
    Previously undescribed cystophorous cercariae which develop in sporocyst germinal sacs in the opisthobranch snail Retusa truncatula (Bruguiere) are shown to be the cercariae of Hemiurus communis Odhner, 1905 (Hemiuridae), a common stomach parasite of non-clupeid fishes off the north-western coasts of Europe. The free-swimming cercaria is ingested by calanoid copepods. The cercarial body is injected into the copepod haemocoel via the delivery tube. The cystophorous cercaria and life-cycle of H. communis are compared with those of other hemiurids from the North-East Atlantic, and the known biology of this species is reviewed.

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