Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Stare Eyes

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_4348-1

This disease occurs in fish, when cercariae of the genera Diplostomum, Tylodelphys, Posthodiplostomum and eight others enter fist eyes and introduce metacercaria formation. Although these metacercariae measure only about 1 mm in diameter, the reactions of the fish introduce nodules of several mm in diameter, which protrude the eyes, which become grayish and thus reduced in light reception. The adults of these worms live in birds as final hosts and in water snails as intermediate hosts. Treatment can be done in aquaria by Tremazol® of Fa. Sera, Heinsberg, Germany (containing praziquantel).


Intermediate Host Light Reception Final Host Water Snail 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und Parasitologie Universitätsstraße 1DüsseldorfGermany