Family: Angiostrongylidae

Revised 02/27/24




           Angiostrongylidae (Boehm & Gebauer, 1934) Anderson, 1978

Parasites of respiratory and vascular systems of marsupials, rodents, felids, canids, lemurs, insectivores.

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Morphology and Anatomy:

  • Buccal capsule vestigial; mouth with or without lips;
  • Females prodelphic, vulva near anus in posterior region of body
  •  oviparous or ovoviviparous
  • Male with bursa highly developed or reduced, Typical rays always clearly defined. Dorsal ray is present but sometimes divided. Ventral and lateral rays well developed.

Ref: Anderson, 2009; Morales et al., 2012.


Biology and Life Cycle:

 Life cycles, where known, involve a gastropod intermediate host; and paratenic hosts are often used by species in carnivores (Anderson, 2000).



Anderson, R. C. 2000. Nematode Parasites of Vertebrates, Their Development and Transmission. CABI, Wallingford.

Anderson, R.C. 2009. Keys to the nematode parasites of vertebrates: archival volume.

Beveridge, I., Spratt, D.M.  and Durette-Desset, M-C. 2014. Order Strongylida (Railliet and Henry, 1913). In Schmidt-Raesa, A. (ed). Handbook of Zoology: Gastroctricha, Cycloneurelia and Gnathifera. Vol 2. Nematoda. De Gruyter, Berlin


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