Eoacanthocephala

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Eoacanthocephala
Parasite140083-fig1 Figs 1-7 Neoechinorhynchus (Hebesoma) spiramuscularis.tif
Neoechinorhynchus (Hebesoma) spiramuscularis [1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Acanthocephala
Class: Eoacanthocephala
Orders

Gyracanthocephala
Neoechinorhynchida


Eoacanthocephala is a class of parasitic worms, within the phylum Acanthocephala. They feed on any aquatic cold-blooded creature such as turtles and fish. The only reliable way to identify the group is that they only have one cement gland. This is a primitive characteristic and hence the name.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amin, O. A, Heckmann, R. A & Ha, N. V. (2014) Acanthocephalans from fishes and amphibians in Vietnam, with descriptions of five new species. Parasite, 21, 53 doi:10.1051/parasite/2014052PubMed open access publication - free to read