Origin of name Schistosoma

Les Kaufman lesk at BIO.BU.EDU
Fri May 21 10:56:43 CDT 1999

Must be the life history, no?

>The other day, someone asked me about the origin of the name Schistosoma
>(Platyhelminthes: Trematoda). When I think of a Scistosoma, I have a hard
>time imagining what in the outer appearance of the beast is divided or
>easily cleft. Illumination on this welcomed.

Les Kaufman
Boston University Marine Program
Department of Biology
Boston University
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