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1 August 2012 Melanoides tuberculata (Mollusca: Thiaridae) Harboring Renicolid Cercariae (Trematoda: Renicolidae) In Brazil
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Melanoides tuberculata, naturally infected by gymnocephalous cercariae, were found in aquatic collections from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. After morphological characterization, larvae were used for experimental infection of Poecilia reticulata. Metacercariae were obtained from the liver of these fish, which were also found to be naturally infected in the same locality. The morphology and biology of the developmental stages of trematodes we obtained were characteristic of Renicola sp. This is the first record of renicolid cercariae and metacercariae in Brazil.

American Society of Parasitologists
H. A. Pinto and A. L. Melo "Melanoides tuberculata (Mollusca: Thiaridae) Harboring Renicolid Cercariae (Trematoda: Renicolidae) In Brazil," Journal of Parasitology 98(4), (1 August 2012). https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-2937.1
Received: 1 August 2011; Accepted: 1 January 2012; Published: 1 August 2012
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