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Flukes: Trematoda

Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Lancet Fluke (dicrocoelium Dendriticum): Species Accounts, Human Blood Fluke (schistosoma Mansoni): Species AccountsGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, FLUKES AND PEOPLE, CONSERVATIO

LANCET FLUKE (Dicrocoelium dendriticum): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
HUMAN BLOOD FLUKE (Schistosoma mansoni): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
NO COMMON NAME (Fasciola hepatica): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

Flukes live all over the world.


The habitat of a fluke is the same as that of its host and can change as the fluke goes from host to host.


Flukes cannot live without nourishment from a host organism. In some species the larvae (LAR-vee), or animals in an early stage that change form before becoming adults, do not eat. Adult flukes eat blood cells, mucus, and body cells.


Flukes pose a health threat to humans. Fluke diseases cause weakness, diarrhea, bleeding, fever, abdominal pain, and other severe symptoms.

HEALTH THREAT

After malaria, the disease caused by human blood flukes is the most common parasitic disease in the world, affecting more than two hundred million people in more than seventy-five countries.

Flukes are not threatened or endangered.

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