The large, elongate eggs of F. hepatica have a thin, bile-stained shell and an operculum that often is inconspicuous They are unembryonated when passed in feces. The intestinal fluke,
indistinguishable from that of F. hepatica, and therefore has not been illustrated separately. Pressure applied to a coverslip preparation frequently may result in \u201cpopping\u201d the operculum (Fig 4). The adult parasites of F. buski and F. hepatica are illustrated in Fig 1 and 3 respectively.
This large liver fluke of human and herbivoroius animals lives in the bile ducts, and usually measures up to 33 mm long. I has a characteristic, cone-shaped anterior end, with extensive branching of the intestine and reproductive organs. The dark-staining uterus is in the anterior third of the worm, and the yolk glands are the brown-staining structures occupying the lateral fields. The surface of the parasite is spinous.
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