Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Spines

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_2938

The tegumental surface of several trematodes is provided with proteinaceous scales, which in light microscopy look like spines (Fasciola,  Paragonimus,  Heterophyes). These spines apparently are used as holdfast system besides the two suckers.

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