Fasciola hepatica (Liver Fluke) – Adult

  • Disease: Fascioliasis, Liver rot in animals
  • Habitat: Bile ducts of sheep and cattle; rarely in human
  • Definitive host: Sheep, cattle and herbivorous mammals
  • 02 Intermediate hosts: Snails and aquatic vegetation
  • Diagnosis of infection: Microscopic examination of faeces to detect eggs 
Morphological Features
  • Size: up to 30 mm by 13 mm
  • Flattened leaf-like shape
  • Two heavily branched testes and fan-shaped ovary
  • Similar to F. buski, except in following two main features:
    • Has an oral cone and “shoulders”
    • Intestinal caeca have lateral branches

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