Diphyllobothrium latum (Broad Fish Tapeworm)

  • Disease: Diphyllobothriasis
  • Habitat in human: Small intestine
  • Definitive Host: Human and fish-eating mammals
  • Intermediate Host: Fish and copepods
  • Diagnosis of infection: Microscopic examination of faeces to detect eggs
  • Only important human parasite within the order Pseudophyllidea
Morphological Features of Scolex
  • Finger-shaped
  • 02 slit-like sucking grooves (bothria) – one dorsal and other on ventral side
  • No rostellum or hooklets

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