LM of scolex of Taenia sp.

LM of scolex of Taenia sp.

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Caption: Tapeworm. Light micrograph of the scolex (head- like structure) of Taenia sp., a parasitic tapeworm. The scolex carries suckers (top) by which the worm attaches itself to the intestines of its specific host to feed on the half-digested food found there. The tapeworm has no specialised digestive system, but is able to absorb fluids directly through the entire surface of its skin. Taenia saginata is the commonest tapeworm in humans, typically acquired by eating undercooked contaminated beef. Diarrhoea, weight loss and abdominal discomfort may result. Eggs are passed out in the faeces and may infect animals via water or pasture. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: animal, cestode, flatworm, invertebrate, invertebrates, light micrograph, nature, parasite, platyhelminthes, scolex, taenia sp., taenia sp. scolex, tape, tapeworm, wildlife, worm, zoology

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