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Schistosoma flatworm, ESEM

Schistosoma flatworm, ESEM

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THIERRY BERROD, MONA LISA PRODUCTION / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY THIERRY BERROD, MONA LISA PRODUCTION / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Schistosoma flatworm, coloured environmental scanning electron micrograph (ESEM). This parasitic worm causes the disease bilharzia (schistosomiasis). It has a flat body, 10-15 millimetres long, with a longitudinal groove. It has two cup-like structures on its head. The oral cup (upper right) is at the front end of the body and opens into the oesophagus. On the underside of its head is the ventral fastener (pink) used to attach to its host. This parasite is found in the blood vessels around the bladder.

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