The parasitic castration and gigantism ofLymnaea truncatula infected with the larval stages ofFasciola hepatica

  • Wilson R
  • Denison J
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Abstract

The shells of Lymnaea truncatula infected with the larval stages of Fasciola hepatica were significantly longer than those of comparable uninfected controls. The dry mass (tissue, shell+parasite) of the same infected snails, 56 days after infection, was approximately twice that of the controls (tissue+shell). The increased mass of infected snails was not due to a disproportionate increase in shell weight relative to tissues.

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Authors

  • R A Wilson

  • Jean Denison

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