In Zoology lab this afternoon I ran into some (20-30) tiny white
parasites (5 mm) that appeared to have come off the gills of a crayfish
that we were anaesthetizing with 20% ethanol to show the heart beat. I
and two students (BJ and Sneider) looked at one under the microscope and
we found it a little hard to place. They obviously were not nematodes
or cestodes. There was definitely a head end with some powerful muscles
(looks like a pharynx). It was not obvious if there was a coelom but it
did look like there was a digestive system that expanded and contracted
over the length of the worm. The one we looked like it had 4 segments
behind the cephalic one.
The nearest I could come up with was some sort of leech but there were
no obvious oral and posterior suckers. If anyone knows what these were
I and my class would appreciate the feedback.
bc to my Zoology class.
James Mahaffy (mahaffy at dordt.edu) Phone: 712 722-6279
Biology Department FAX : 712
Dordt College, Sioux Center IA 51250