Sex Life of the Schistosome

Dr. Peter W. Pappas pappas.3 at osu.edu
Tue Oct 5 06:41:34 EST 1999


Each schistosome cercaria swims "independently" to the definitive host.  As
far as I know (and I'm no expert in this area), the males and females do not
"pair up" until they have reached the liver (i.e., immediately before
entering the portal circulation).

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Dr. Peter W. Pappas
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Pat Spangler <pspangle at worldnet.att.net> wrote in message
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>
>
> In the last few weeks I have become intimately acquainted with
> Trichobiharzia ocellata - hundreds of them (i.e., I have Swimmer's
> Itch).  When I examine extrusions from the pustules on my legs and arms
> under a microscope, I notice that each male T.o. is accompanied by 4-6
> females.
>
> Question: Does the male schistosome carry his whole harem in his
> gynecophoral canal during his trip from snail to warm-blooded host, or
> do they swim separately and joing up after he has penetrated the host?
>
>
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