Posthodiplostomum minimum: Examination of cyst wall and metacercaria containing calcarious concretions with scanning electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis

  • Mitchell C
  • Crang R
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Abstract

Scanning electron micrographs show a smoothly fibrous structure of the cyst wall of the trematode Posthodiplostomum minimum, whereas the enclosed metacercaria posses a porous and papillate surface with occasional spines. Numerous excretory concretions fill the body of the metacercaria. The concretions appear layered from a central core and show an abundance of calcium, and, in some cases, magnesium. © 1976.

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  • Calcarious concretion
  • Helminth
  • Posthodiplostomum minimum
  • Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray microanalysis

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Authors

  • Clifford W. Mitchell

  • Richard E. Crang

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