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(invertebrate zoology)
The larval generation which terminates development of a digenetic trematode in the intermediate host.



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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Scanning electron micrographs of Furcocercaria V 14: dorsal view of cercarial body showing arrangement of sensory button papillae and spines on tegument; 15: ventral view of cercarial body showing arrangement of sensory button papillae and spines on tegument; 16: detail of rows of spines on the anterior organ; 17: ventral sucker with 5 circles of spines surrounding its opening and sensory button papillae above it; 18: detail of spines and sensory button papillae on body.
Epidemiology of cercarial stage of trematodes in freshwater snails from Chiang Mai province, Thailand.
Photocycle- dependent emergence by cercariae of Halipegus occidualis from Helisoma anceps with special reference to cercarial emergence patterns as adaptations for transmission.
Cercarial dermatitis outbreak at a state park - Delaware, 1991.
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Goodman reported the presence of 24 different cercarial species from four species of snails.
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Seasonal discrepancies in fluke infection rates and parasite loads were insignificant, though sporadic cercarial exposure in young raccoons and small sample size may have obscured seasonal trends.