Approaches to Research on the Systematics of Fish-Borne Trematodes
- Jitra Waikagul, Department of Helminthology, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University
- Urusa Thaekham, Department of Helminthology, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University
Approaches to Research on the Systematics of Fish-Borne Trematodes is a concise guide for systematic studies of the prevalence of fish-borne trematodes both in the endemic areas and experimental laboratories. It includes methods to identify species of fish-borne trematodes to enhance the precision of research studies based on the metacercarial stage.
Misidentification of trematode species is a common occurrence when researchers are new to the field and have no guidance. Consequentially, sometimes publications report inaccurate prevalence rates of these parasites. This compact guide gives clear direction on:
- Collection of parasites in the final hosts
- Collection of cercaria from snail first intermediate hosts
- Collection of metacercaria from fish hosts
- Molecular identification of parasites
- Systematics of fish-borne trematodes
parasitologists, helminthologists, biologists, ecologists and public health specialists.