Encyclopedia of Parasitology

Living Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Twaitia

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_4452-1

Twaitia is a genus of nematodes (so-called dragon worms, family Dracunculidae), which suck blood at fish (e.g., below the operculum of the gills) and thus appear bloody red. They give rise directly to active larvae 1, which mostly do not leave the original host. However, these larvae can also become ingested by crustaceans and thus transported to other fish. Treatment in aquaria can be done with levamisole or fenbendazole.

Keywords

Original Host Active Larva 
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Authors and Affiliations

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