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Foleyella furcata in the blood of lizards from Madagascar[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Nematoda
Class: Secernentea
Subclass: Spiruria
Order: Spirurida
Superfamily: Filarioidea
Family: Onchocercidae
Chabaud and Anderson, 1959[2]

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The Onchocercidae are a family of nematodes in the superfamily Filarioidea. This family includes some of the most devastating human parasitic diseases, such as lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, loiasis, and other filariases.

Representative genera and species[edit]

The taxonomy of nematodes in the order Spirurida is still in a state of flux, and the family Onchocercidae contains around 70–80 genera.[3] The following genera are included in the family Onchocercidae in the Wikispecies project and the Entrez Taxonomy Browser. The latter is the taxonomic system used in the NCBI family of databases, including PubMed.


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  1. ^ Maia, João P.; Crottini, Angelica; Harris, David James (2014). "Microscopic and molecular characterization of Hepatozoon domerguei (Apicomplexa) and Foleyella furcata (Nematoda) in wild endemic reptiles from Madagascar". Parasite. 21: 47. doi:10.1051/parasite/2014046. ISSN 1776-1042. PMC 4165108Freely accessible. PMID 25224723.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ Chabaud A.G., Anderson R.C. (1959). "Nouvel essai de classification des Filaires (superfamille Filarioidea)". Annales de Parasitologie Humaine et Comparée. 34: 64–87. doi:10.1051/parasite/1959341064. 
  3. ^ Anderson, R.C. (2000) "Family Onchocercidae." In: Nematode Parasites of Vertebrates: Their Development and Transmission. 2nd Edition. CABI Publishing: Wallingford, England. ISBN 0-85199-421-0. pp. 472-532.
  4. ^ Hassan HK, Bolcen S, Kubofcik J, Nutman TB, Eberhard ML, Middleton K, Wekesa, J.W., Ruedas, G., Nelson, K., Dubielzig, R., De Lombaert, M., Silverman, B., Schorling, J., Adler, P., Unnasch, T., and Beeler, S. (2015). Isolation of Onchocerca lupi in dogs and black flies, California, USA. Emerg Infect Dis [Internet]. 2015 May 5. https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid2105.142011

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