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Scolex

The scolex or "head" of a tapeworm. Attaches to the intestine of the definitive host. In some groups, the scolex is dominated by bothria, which are sometimes called "sucking grooves," and which function like suction cups. Other groups have hooks and suckers that aid in attachment. Cyclophyllid cestodes can be identified by the presence of four suckers on their scolex, though they may have other structures as well.

while the scolex is often the most distinctive part of an adult tapeworm, it is often unavailable in a clinical setting, as it is inside the patient. Thus, identifying eggs and proglottids in feces is important.


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Question on tapeworm anatomy

Yeah scolex and strobilus ;)

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by Dr.Stein
Tue Jan 24, 2006 7:34 am
 
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Question on tapeworm anatomy

... are monoecious and dioecious worms. But does that apply to tapeworms specifically? All that I've found about tapeworms is that they all have a scolex head and a compartmentalized body. Any help would be most appreciated. Thanks!

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by Jedi of Zen
Mon Jan 23, 2006 9:16 pm
 
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