Biomphalaria Snails and Larval Trematodes

  • Rafael Toledo
  • Bernard Fried

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Philippe Jarne, Jena-Pierre Pointier, Patrice David
    Pages 1-32
  3. Jose-Guillermo Esteban, Carla Muñoz-Antoli, Maria Trelis, Rafael Toledo
    Pages 127-157
  4. Timothy P. Yoshino, Christine Coustau
    Pages 159-189
  5. Wannaporn Ittiprasert, Jocelyn Myers, Edwin C. Odoemelam, Nithya Raghavan, Fred Lewis, Joanna M. Bridger et al.
    Pages 191-213
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 239-244

About this book


This book on “Biomphalaria Snails and Larval Trematodes” presents up to date information on the interactions of these snails and their trematode parasites, particularly on Schistosoma spp. larvae. Snails of the genus Biomphalaria are of significant medical importance since several species in this genus are obligate intermediate hosts of the human blood fluke S. mansoni, the causative agent of hepatosplenic schistosomiasis. In addition to the impact of Biomphalaria spp. on public health, these snails are also interesting models for the study of other topics such as population biology, including genetics and demography, proteomics, invertebrate immunobiology, mating systems, biogeography, among others. A purpose of this book is to provide an overview of the recent advances in Biomphalaria spp.-larval trematode interactions, especially in Biomphalaria-schistosome systems. Emphasis is placed on gaps in our knowledge that need to be filled to gain a better understanding of the relationships in these host-parasite systems. This may be critical to obtain a better understanding of our knowledge of the transmission of schistosomiasis and other snail-borne parasitic diseases. The book, “Biomphalaria Snails and Larval Trematodes” is an ideal volume for researchers and advanced students interested in modern aspects of parasitology , malacology and public health.

Editors and affiliations

  • Rafael Toledo
    • 1
  • Bernard Fried
    • 2
  1. 1., Departamento de Biología Celular y ParasUniversidad de ValènciaBurjassotSpain
  2. 2., Department of BiologyLafayette CollegeEastonUSA

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