Origin of name Schistosoma

Barry M. OConnor bmoc at UMICH.EDU
Fri May 21 10:36:29 CDT 1999

At 9:17 AM -0500 5/21/1999, Jorge SantiagoBlay wrote:
>The other day, someone asked me about the origin of the name Schistosoma
>(Platyhelminthes: Trematoda). When I think of a Schistosoma, I have a hard
>time imagining what in the outer appearance of the beast is divided or
>easily cleft. Illumination on this welcomed.
The body of the male is distinctly cleft longitudinally, the so-called
gynecophoric canal, a characteristic unique to schistosomes among
digeneans. - Barry OConnor

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