Sex Life of the Schistosome

Pat Spangler pspangle at worldnet.att.net
Tue Oct 5 16:32:20 EST 1999


Thank you for the information.  The Trichobiharzia ocellata males
and females may swim from snail to host separately, but they sure
got together under my skin.  :)

Pat Spangler

In article <7tdeqb$boo$1 at nclient5-gui.server.ntli.net>,
  "Anne Thomas" <anne.t at net.ntl.com> wrote:
> Male schistosomes have a long groove down the ventral surface which is
used
> to grasp the female. They copulate in the liver and stay like that for
3-5
> years!!
>
> Anne :o)
> Dr. Peter W. Pappas <pappas.3 at osu.edu> wrote in message
> news:7tco67$cik$1 at charm.magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu...
> > 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).
> >
> > --
> > Dr. Peter W. Pappas
> > Professor, Department of EEOB
> > The Ohio State University
> > 1735 Neil Avenue
> > Columbus, OH   43210
> > Phone 614-292-2746
> > FAX 614-292-2030
> > pappas.3 at osu.edu
> > Pat Spangler <pspangle at worldnet.att.net> wrote in message
> > news:7tbqup$4mv$1 at nnrp1.deja.com...
> > >
> > >
> > > 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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> >
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>


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