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(invertebrate zoology)
The larval generation which terminates development of a digenetic trematode in the intermediate host.
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the larva of parasitic worms of the class Trematoda. The body, which measures 0.3–1 mm in length, has an oral and a ventral sucker. Cercariae have a furcately branched intestine, a nervous system, sometimes ocelli, cephalic glands, and well-developed protonephridia. Typical of cercariae is the development of a tail, which is sometimes bifurcate (in furcocercariae) or equipped with lateral appendages.

The cercaria develops inside the preceding larval form, the sporocyst or redia, as a result of parthenogenesis. It leaves the body of the first intermediate host, a mollusk, and swims in water by means of its tail. It then penetrates the body of the second intermediate host, an invertebrate or frequently a fish, and becomes a metacercaria. The common liver fluke has no second intermediate host; the cercaria becomes encysted on coastal vegetation and is transformed into the next larval form, adolescarium.

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Just in one mollusc can develop at the same time more than 100 trematodes' cercariae. This is confirmed by our own research, according to which, up to 11% of cattle in the territory of Kyiv and Zhytomyr regions are having fasciolosis.
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mansoni cercariae (experimental infection with LE, SJ, and AL, resp.); (2) during the prepatent period (11 days after experimental infection); and (3) noninfected (not exposed to infection).
magna infection (Swales 1936, Pybus 2001), some cercariae may encyst as free-floating metacercariae in surface water (Morley 2015).
However, even with a small infestation of the population, it may be sufficient to maintain opisthorchiasis foci, as opisthorchis larvae's parthenogenetic reproduction occurs in the shellfish body for a long time, resulting in the multiple increase in the numerosity and displacement forms of cercariae. In addition, the lifetime of bithyniidae is rather long, 4-6 years, which increases the foci stability additionally.
(2) After 4-6 weeks of infecting the snail, the cercariae leave the snail and gyrates around for about 72 h looking out for the skin of a prospective host.
Prevalence and epidemiology: The cercariae of liver flukes were observed from a pond first time by Otto Muller in 1773 (Andrews 1999).
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gigantica as a result of the ingestion of metacercariae --formed by mature cercariae that emerge from the snail--and which are glued to aquatic vegetables.
We obtained cercariae from red-rim melania snail using the positive-phototaxis methods described by Lo and Lee (1996b) and Umadevi and Madhavi (1997).
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