Loa Loa

By: Amanda Amarando

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Where does the Loa Loa live in the world?

Scientists have discovered that must if the loa loa parasites live in rain forests and swamp forests in West Africa.

How does it feed?

Loa loa is a thread-like worm that lives under the skin in the subcutaneous fat causing loiasis. Because it is often spotted migrating in the eye, it is known as the eye worm.

How does it reproduce?

Females may produce a phermomone to attract the male. Then the male will coil around the female. Then the gubernaculum, made of tissue, guides spicules which extend through the cloaca.

What are the hosts of choice?

They have choose the humans as a host. They can be found under your skin or in your eye.

Special Adaptations?

There are no special adaptations.


Males range from 20mm to 34mm long and Females range from 20mm to 70mm long

Interesting Facts!

  1. It is commonly know as the eye worm.
  2. Also known as loiasis, loaiasis, Calabar swellings, Fugitive swelling, Tropical swelling
  3. Humans contract this disease through the bite of a Deer Fly or Mango fly
  4. To remove adult worms you must have surgery.
  5. It is estimated that 12-13 million humans are infected with the Loa loa larvae
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