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Introduction to Platyhelminthes (Flukes)

Introduction to Platyhelminthes (Flukes)

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Published by: studymedic on Mar 31, 2010
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PHYLUMPLATYHELMINTHES
Major characteristicsDorsoventrally flattenedAcoelomatesDigestive tract greatly reduced or missingExcretory system consists of flame cells o protonephridia
 
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LASSIFI
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ATION
Great deal of work being done inPlatyhelminthes systematics.One of the most current classificationschemes is given on page 189-190 of text.The older, more traditional classificationscheme is given on page 192. We will usethe older, much simpler classification.
 
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lass Turbellaria -mostly free-livingflatworms (commensals)
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lass Monogenea -parasitic on skin andgills of fish and amphibians. (ectoparasites)
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lass Trematoda -all parasitic, called flukes
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lass
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estoidea (formerly
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estoda) all parasitic, the tapeworms. Adult tapewormsfound in intestine of definitive host.

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