Tapeworm

(CESTODES)

Where do they live?

In the digestive tract of almost any mammal.

How do they feed?

They hook to the intestinal wall, and absorb partially digested food through their skin.

How do they reproduce?

SEXUALLY

produce eggs and sperm, the female drops the eggs, the male fertalizes them, the eggs hatch, and release larvae.

ASEXUALLY

when their bodies are segmented, the have many fragments, and each segment lays fertalized eggs.

What are their hosts of choice?

Any domestic animal, people, fleas, cats dogs, flies, ect...

Special adaptions:

grow inside an intestinal wall. abosorbs nutrients through their skin.

Size:

EGG

about a millimeter

LARVAE

about a millimeter

ADULT

up to 50 ft in length

Other facts:

1. They have no mouth or digestive system.2. Connected like a stirng of pearls.3. Each segment is called a proglottid.4. They can live up to 20 years.

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