Light micrograph of tapeworm larvae in mouse liver

Light micrograph of tapeworm larvae in mouse liver

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Caption: Dog tapeworm. Light micrograph of a section through cysts of the dog tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis. These were found in the liver of a mouse. Each cyst (round, blue) seen here contains the inverted head (scolex, dark blue) of the worm. This stage in the life cycle of E. multilocularis occurs in an intermediate host, usually a rodent which has eaten dog tapeworm eggs. The larvae lodge as invasive cysts in the body of the intermediate host, damaging tissue. When this infected tissue is consumed by the primary dog host, the tapeworm head emerges and attaches to the intestine of the dog. Magnification: x50 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: animal, cyst, dog, dog tapeworm, echinococcus, echinococcus mul, echinococcus multilocularis, flatworm, invertebrate, invertebrates, liver, mouse, mouse liver, nature, platyhelminthes, scolex, tapeworm, tapeworm larvae, wildlife, zoology

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