Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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Polychaetes as Worm Intermediate Hosts

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_4204-1

Polychaetes belong to the animal phylum Annelida. Most of them live in water but a few have also a terrestric life. They obtain their food as raptors of small marine or terrestric animals or as plant or detritus feeders. All this food may contain eggs or larval stages of parasites. Thus they may act as intermediate hosts (Peoples 2013).


Larval Stage Intermediate Host Terrestric Animal Animal Phylum Terrestric Life 
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Further Reading

  1. Peoples RC (2013) A review of the helminth parasites using polychaetes as hosts. Parasitol Res 112:3409–3422CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany