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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Subkingdom: Eumetazoa
(unranked): Bilateria
Superphylum: Platyzoa
Phylum: Nematoda
Class: Secernentea
Subclass: Spiruria
Order: Spirurida
Superfamily: Filarioidea

The Filarioidea are a superfamily of nematodes (roundworms).[1][2] The members of this superfamily are known as filarial worms. Infections with parasitic filarial worms cause filariasis. Drugs against these worms are known as filaricides.

It consists of seven families: Aproctidae, Creagrocercidae, Drilonematidae, Filariidae, Homungellidae, Mesidionematidae, Scolecophilidae, Setariidae (which has a single genus Setaria), and Ungellidae.[3]


  1. ^ Filarioidea at the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
  2. ^ "NCBI Taxonomy Browser". Retrieved 2009-05-21. Filarioidea
    Taxonomy ID: 6295
    Inherited blast name: nematodes
    Rank: superfamily
    Genetic code: Translation table 1 (Standard)
    genetic code: Translation table 5 (Invertebrate Mitochondrial)
  3. ^ "Filarioidea". Animal Diversity Web. Retrieved 14 June 2014.