Family: Diaphanocephalidae

Revised 09/25/21

 

Classification:
 

   Chromadorea
Chromadoria
Rhabditida
Rhabditina
Strongyloidea

           Diaphanocephalidae Travassos, 1920

A family of hookworm-like gastro-intestinal parasites of snakes.

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Morphology and Anatomy:

  • Large, complex buccal cavity that is dorsoventrally elongated.
  • Stoma opening surrounded by a cuticular membrane.
  • A peri-oral groove inside the stoma opening connected with a dorsal groove in the buccal capsule wall.
  • Buccal capsule wall comprised of four pairs of sclerotized plates, two lateral, one large dorsal, one large ventral and two smaller dorsal and ventral plates
 
   

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