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Avery, R.A., 1974

Identification of Animal Parasites

The book takes a selection of familiar laboratory, domestic and wild animals (locusts, cockroaches, earthworms, dogfish, stickleback, goldfish, frog, clawed toad, tortoises, rodents, shrews, hedgehog, rabbit, dog, cat and man) and for each of them describes and illustrates their common animal parasites.

The book is aimed at students and teachers who, in those days, performed dissections during Biology courses and encourages them to identify some of the parasites likely to be encountered. Those of a certain age, who were taught A-level biology when it was still a separate subject, will be immediately taken back to their dissections of frog, dogfish, rat etc. It seems nowadays that it is only acceptable for celebrity chefs to cut up dead animals.

Although the title of the book doesn't say so, nor is it mentioned in the introduction, comments in the text indicate that the focus is British.

Many of the parasites are ectoparasites, or are to be found in droppings. A few require dissection of a dead host, but this is mainly for the smaller hosts. The chapter on human parasites is presented for interest rather than as an invitation to experiment!

Publisher Hulton Educational Publications Ltd.
Pages 182
ISBN 0 7175 0595 2
Comments and Corrigenda If ordering this book, beware that the ISBN is shared by Watling, R. "Identification of the Larger Fungi" in the same series.
Coverage The commoner parasitic animals found in Britain on a selection of animals: laboratory, wild and domestic.
Illustrations Line drawings.
Identify Under a Stereo Microscope (also useful to examine under a Compound Microscope).
Specimen Prep. Some of the parasites are found in fur or droppings, but in other cases dissection of the dead host is required to locate the organisms. Some parasites require microscopic examination and staining.

Malcolm Storey

Taxonomic Scope

ACANTHOCEPHALA (thorny-headed worms) Identification Current (parasites of selected hosts).
Acari (mites) Identification Current (parasites of selected hosts).
SIPHONAPTERA (fleas) Identification Current (parasites of selected hosts).
PHTHIRAPTERA (sucking lice, louse) Identification Current (parasites of selected hosts).
ANOPLURA (lice) Identification Current (parasites of selected hosts).
MALLOPHAGA (chewing lice) Identification Current (parasites of selected hosts).
ARGULIDAE Leach, 1819 (fish lice, fish louse) Identification Current (parasites of selected hosts).
Linguatula serrata Frohlich, 1789 (Dog Tongueworm) Identification Current
NEMATODA (roundworms, eelworms or nematodes) Identification Current (parasites of selected hosts).
CESTODA (tapeworms) Identification Current (parasites of selected hosts).
TREMATODA (trematode flukes) Identification Current (parasites of selected hosts).
PROTOZOA (protists, single-celled organisms) Identification Current (parasites of selected hosts).
Carassius auratus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Goldfish) Background Reading Current
GASTEROSTEIDAE (sticklebacks) Background Reading Current
SCYLIORHINIDAE Gill, 1862 (dogfishes and cat sharks, catsharks) Background Reading Current
Canis lupus subsp. familiaris Linnaeus, 1758 (Dog, Domestic Dog) Background Reading Current
Felis Linnaeus, 1758 (cats) Background Reading Current
Erinaceus europaeus Linnaeus, 1758 (Hedgehog, West European Hedgehog) Background Reading Current
SORICIDAE G. Fischer, 1817 (shrews) Background Reading Current
Oryctolagus cuniculus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Rabbit, European Rabbit) Background Reading Current
Homo sapiens Linnaeus, 1758 (Man) Background Reading Current
RODENTIA Bowdich, 1821 (rodents) Background Reading Current
TESTUDINIDAE Batsch, 1788 (tortoises) Background Reading Current
BLATTIDAE (cockroaches) Background Reading Current
Locusta migratoria (Linnaeus, 1758) (African Migratory Locust) Background Reading Current
Schistocerca gregaria (Forskal, 1775) (Desert Locust) Background Reading Current
LUMBRICIDAE (earthworms) Background Reading Current
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