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hairworm,

worm of the phylum NematomorphaNematomorpha
, small (about 230 species) phylum of pseudocoelomates; the horsehair worms. Most are very slender, elongated creatures found in ponds and streams, whose larvae live as parasites in arthropods. They emerge as adults for a brief time, then mate and die.
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hairworm

[′her‚wərm]
(invertebrate zoology)
The common name for about 80 species of worms composing the class Nematomorpha.
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may result from specimens remaining in alcohol for extended periods (the majority of hairworm species have been described from museum specimens that have been in preservative for a number of years).
The paratenic host (one that carries a parasite internally but does not support its growth or reproduction) ingests hairworm eggs containing preparasitic larvae or free-living preparasitic larvae in the water habitat.
Growth and development of the hairworm larva occurs after the paratenic host is consumed and the hairworm larva enters the body cavity of a developmental (or definitive) host, usually an insect predator or omnivore.
SYNOPSIS OF NORTH AMERICAN HAIRWORM SPECIES WITH GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION AND HOST RECORDS (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
1991) reported parasitism by this hairworm in the camel cricket, Ceuthophilus stygius and cave cricket, Hadenoecus subterraneus.
Unfortunately, it is not clear whether the hairworm larvae were developing or just encysted in these hosts.
It's effective against large strongyles, small strongyles, ascarids, pinworms, hairworms, lungworms, intestinal threadworms, neck threadworms and bots.