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Stictodora fuscatum


Disease. Heterophyiasis

Geographic distribution. Korea and Australia

Life cycle. The first intermediate hosts are brackish water gastropods, and the second intermediate hosts are various species of brackish water fishes, i.e., mullets, gobies, leather-jackets, pipefishes, and toadfishes.

Morphology. The adult worm is small, flattened pear- or club-shaped, spinose and 0.9-1.0 by 0.3-0.4 mm in size. Vesicular seminalis constricted into 2 to 4 portions. Acatebulum is embedded in parenchyma and modified into non-suctorial organ with numerous spines projecting into genital atrium. Intrauterine egg is dark brown color, ovoid, operculated, thick shelled, very similar to those of C. sinensis with 34-38 by 20-23 mm in size.

Pathology and clinical symptoms. Refer to Metagonimus Species.

Diagnosis. Refer to Metagonimus Species.

Prevention. Refer to Metagonimus species.

Treatment. Refer to Metagonimus species.

Jong-Yil Chai

Metacercaria of Stictodora fuscatum from a goby.

Woon-Mok Sohn

Stictodora fuscatum recovered from a cat which was experimentally infected with metacercariae. Semichon's acetocarmine stain.

Woon-Mok Sohn