DRACUNCULOIDEA

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DRACUNCULOIDEA

The Dracunculoidea are a group of Spirurid nematodes that have developed for a life within the tissues of their vertebrate hosts. The adults tend to be rather long and tend to be associated with hosts that have contact with fresh water. Intermediate hosts include various crustacians such as copepods although some parasitic in fish use ectoparasitic branchiuran crustacea as hosts. The roeprts from cats are few and consist solely of a very few reports of infection with Dracunculus.

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