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Larvae of Phyllobothrioidea (Phyllobothrium), tapeworms

Characteristics of larvae of Phyllobothrium

Color

Milky white

Size

Body lengths of larvae are one centimeter or so.  Imagoes are relatively large.

Parasitize targets

Parasitizing muscles and body cavities.

Characteristics

Having four adsorbers (phyllidia) on the head area to adsorb the host.

Impacts on human

It does not parasitize human beings.

Major seafood hosts

Salmon

 

Larvae of Phyllobothrium found parasitizing salmon

Figure: Larvae of Phyllobothrium found parasitizing salmon

 

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