Cercaria meretrix n. sp., from the hard clam Meretrix meretrix

Jyh Wei Shin, Chiou Ming Wen, Guang Hsiung Kou, Shiu Nan Chen

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Cercaria meretrix n. sp., from the hard clam Meretrix meretrix. Zoological Studies 35(1): 68-70. A new marine cercaria, Cercaria meretrix n. sp., was found in the hard clam Meretrix meretrix from a local fishing market in Wuhsi, Taichung County, Taiwan. Sporocysts were found in the foot, mantle, gonad, and digestive gland, and they elicited heavy inflammatory responses in the host. This new species is a distome, pharyngeate cercaria with a long slender, spinose tail, no eye-spot, three pairs of penetration glands, an omega-shaped ceca, and 16 flame cells. Cercariae matured in the sporocyst. Sporocysts, when found in infected hard clams, were filled with germinal balls, and developing, immature, and mature cercariae.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-70
Number of pages3
JournalZoological Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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