What is cercaria?

Cercaria is a larval stage of trematode parasites. Cercariae leave their first host, usually a snail, to infest fish or vegetation, or to directly penetrate human skin.

A cercaria is the larval form of the trematode class of parasites. It develops within the germinal cells of the sporocyst or redia. A cercaria has a tapering head with large penetration glands. It may or may not have a long swimming «tail»,…

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