The habitat of Lymnaea. Metacercaria are found encysted on vegetation and in the mammal host once ingested. Inside the snail rediae persist in the digestive gland of the mammal host, known as the hepatopancreas.changes with the stage of its life cycle. Adult live in the liver and bile ducts of its definitive hosts (sheep, cattle, and other grazing ruminant mammals). Eggs shed by adults are located in the intestinal track of mammals and also in the wild. Free swimming cercarias are found in the bodies of fresh water that are in close proximity of its definitive host. Temperatures above 10 degree Celsius are required for the development of the miracidia larvae stage. Miracidia are found in fresh water that contains intermediate snail hosts in the genus
Adequate amounts of moisture are also needed, these factors can account for the intensity and prevalence of infection in the definitive hosts. Increased numbers of incidences are seen in the wet season. (Cheesbrough, 2005; Read, 1973)
- Aquatic Biomes
- lakes and ponds
- Sexual Dimorphism
- sexes alike
- Range length
- 25 to 75 mm
- 0.98 to 2.95 in
Adult flukes produce eggs that are passed in the host’s feces. In the wild the eggs hatch into miracidia and penetrate a snail host. The miracidia form into saclike sporocysts and multiply into rediae which then develop into cercariae. Free swimming cercariae are shed from snails, they then find aquatic plants, encyst and become metacercariae. Metacercariae cysts wait to be taken up by other ruminant host to repeat the life cycle. In the transmission stage the metacercariae are unknowingly ingested with aquatic plants by humans and grazing mammals. In the mammal host metacercariae excyst in the duodenum. Immature flukes then penetrate the liver and become mature in the biliary track. (Cheesbrough, 2005; Read, 1973)
Sexually mature adults reside and presumably mate in biliary ducts of their mammalian host. ("Fascioliasis", 2009)
Non-embryonic eggs are laid within the mammalian host and are passed through to the intestinal tract where they are expelled in the feces. ("Fascioliasis", 2009)
- Parental Investment
- no parental involvement
The life span for each stage of Fasciola species are able to persist outside the host for several months. The free-swimming miracidium will die soon after hatching if they do not contact a secondary host. If conditions are favorable metacercaria are able to persist for up to a year once encysted. (Miliotis and Bier, 2003; Read, 1973)varies greatly. After being ingested it takes 3-4 month for adult flukes to become mature and begin producing eggs. Adult flukes can live for multiple years in their definitive host. Embryos of
Adult Fasciola species produce embryos which are then shed through the digestive system with its host’s feces. When water and temperature conditions are favorable, the embryos develop into the ciliated larva form called, miracidium. Miracidium are able to swim and locate its secondary snail host with help of its cilia. If the miracidium are to come in contact with a snail it actively penetrates it. The cilia are then shed and it is transformed in to a saclike sporocyst. The sporocyst mature and release rediae. Inside the snail the rediae move to the snail’s digestive gland known as the hepatopancreas. Over time this is where the rediae will form cercariae. The cercariae develop tails and leave the snail in search for vegetation to encyst. Once the cysts are formed Fasciola species become metacercaria and these infect a mammal host if they are accidentally ingested with the vegetation. (Read, 1973)
Communication and Perception
The time it takes for the shelled embryos of (Read, 1973)to hatch is rapidly increased in the presence of light. If they are kept in darkness the number of miracidia that make it to the free-swimming stage are greatly reduced. The miracidium have extremely functional eye-spots. This is probably to prevent premature hatching before the embryos have exited the host’s digestive track. The attack of a proteoplytic enzyme protein controls the opening of the operculum which allows the miracidium to exit the shelled embryo. There is evidence that the blue and violet portion of the light spectrum triggers this attack.
- Communication Channels
When the adult Fasciola are in the bile ducts of a host it obtains a small portion of its nutrients from active bloodsucking. In a day’s time, a single adult fluke can take in about 0.2 ml of blood. There is evidence that adult flukes need around 100 times the amount of glucose than Fasciola receives from active ingestion. Therefore, adult flukes also receive nutrients by absorption of glucose through their tegument. The free-swimming miracidia were once thought to be a non-feeding stage, but it has been shown they metabolize glucose when it is present. (Read, 1973)
- Animal Foods
A variety of general aquatic predators are known to feed on the free-living stages of (Johnson and Thieltges, 2009), including the miracidia and the cercariae stages.
Fasciola spp. have a negative impact on its definitive host and are capable of causing mortality if infection is severe. lymnaeid snails, which are intermediate hosts, and cows, sheep and other ruminants, which are definitive hosts. In some instances humans are also infected. (Miliotis and Bier, 2003)parasitizes
- Ecosystem Impact
Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
These are no known positive effects ofon humans.
Economic Importance for Humans: Negative
Fasciola spp. cause a disease known as fascioliasis, which can cause significant economic loss when it infects livestock. This parasite reduces the amount of meat that a cow will produce when slaughtered, and leaves the liver inedible. This parasite also reduces milk production and can causes mortality in chronic infections. In some developing countries fascioliasis is the second leading cause of economical loss, costing 10 million dollars annually. Immunization of livestock also adds to the cost of fascioliasis. Few human infections with have been reported but are seen in Asia, Africa, and Hawaii. ("Fascioliasis", 2009; Miliotis and Bier, 2003)
In countries that (Sobhon, et al., 2000)is present, the prevalence of infected animals is extremely high. In certain areas of Africa prevalence can range from 30-90%, 25-90% in Indonesia and 4-24% in Thailand.
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living in sub-Saharan Africa (south of 30 degrees north) and Madagascar.
living in the northern part of the Old World. In otherwords, Europe and Asia and northern Africa.
reproduction that is not sexual; that is, reproduction that does not include recombining the genotypes of two parents
- bilateral symmetry
having body symmetry such that the animal can be divided in one plane into two mirror-image halves. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends. Synapomorphy of the Bilateria.
an animal that mainly eats meat
- causes disease in humans
an animal which directly causes disease in humans. For example, diseases caused by infection of filarial nematodes (elephantiasis and river blindness).
- causes or carries domestic animal disease
either directly causes, or indirectly transmits, a disease to a domestic animal
uses smells or other chemicals to communicate
animals which must use heat acquired from the environment and behavioral adaptations to regulate body temperature
union of egg and spermatozoan
mainly lives in water that is not salty.
having a body temperature that fluctuates with that of the immediate environment; having no mechanism or a poorly developed mechanism for regulating internal body temperature.
- internal fertilization
fertilization takes place within the female's body
marshes are wetland areas often dominated by grasses and reeds.
having the capacity to move from one place to another.
- native range
the area in which the animal is naturally found, the region in which it is endemic.
found in the oriental region of the world. In other words, India and southeast Asia.
an organism that obtains nutrients from other organisms in a harmful way that doesn't cause immediate death
an animal that mainly eats blood
remains in the same area
non-motile; permanently attached at the base.
Attached to substratum and moving little or not at all. Synapomorphy of the Anthozoa
reproduction that includes combining the genetic contribution of two individuals, a male and a female
a wetland area that may be permanently or intermittently covered in water, often dominated by woody vegetation.
uses touch to communicate
the region of the earth that surrounds the equator, from 23.5 degrees north to 23.5 degrees south.
uses sight to communicate
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