Lecithochirium furcolabiatum   (Jones,  1933) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Trematoda

Size: Length: 2.99-5.42 mm.
Width: 1.20-1.70 mm.

Body fusiform, preoral lobe formed into a bifid horn-like process; ecsoma present. Tegument scaled. Ventral sucker 0.43-0.65 mm in diameter, preequatorial situated at 1.02-1.6 from anterior end of body. Oral sucker subterminal, 0.24-0.52 in diameter with three thickenings on inner wall.

Pharynx small; oesophagus short. Intestinal caeca not extending upto ecsoma. Sucker ratio- 1: 1.32
Testes two, symmetrical, post-acetabular, left testis 0.32-0.43 mm long, 0.25-0.33 mm wide, right testis 0.33-0.44 long, 0.22-0.49 mm wide. Seminal vesicle elongate, preacetabular, constricted into two portions; prostatic duct surrounded by prostatic gland cells; ejaculatory duct and metraterm join to form a hermaphroditic duct opening into genital atrium. Genital pore ventral to intestinal bifurcation.
Ovary entire, 0.40-0.52 mm long, 0.27-0.35 mm wide, submedian, post testicular. Receptaculum seminis present just posterior to ovary. Vitellaria compact into two groups, each group having three to four finger-like processes. Uterine coils seperating testes, ventral sucker and ovary, not extending upto end of the body proper. Eggs numerous, 16-20 µm x 12-16 µm.
Excretory sac y-shaped; arms uniting near pharynx dorsally.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Dutta, IB (1995) Platyhelminthes: Trematoda: Digenea Wetland ecosystem series 1: Fauna of Chilka lake ZSI, Calcutta 235-277 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org

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