Parasites in their scallop host

Lab Note #2
Jul 07, 2014
This scallop was taken a few days ago from Bogue Sound.  The little white blobs that look like grains of rice are trematode sporocysts on the scallop's gill.  Each sporocyst contains thousands of cercariae which hatch out and swim in search of the second intermediate host.  This scallop's gills contained over 1400 sporocysts!

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