Ecology

Associations

Known prey organisms

Cestoda (Cestode sp. #1) preys on:
Ciliata mustella
Myxocephalus scorpius
Platichthys flesus
Copepoda

Based on studies in:
Scotland (Estuarine)

This list may not be complete but is based on published studies.
  • Huxham M, Beany S, Raffaelli D (1996) Do parasites reduce the chances of triangulation in a real food web? Oikos 76:284–300
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Evolution and Systematics

Functional Adaptations

Functional adaptation

Attachments cling to intestinal wall: pork tapeworm
 

The headlike segment of a pork tapeworm attaches to a host's intestinal wall using suckers and sometimes hooks.

   
  "A typical species, such as the pork tapeworm (Taenia solium), consists of an anterior region known as the scolex, armed with suckers and sometimes hooks, too, for attachment to its host's internal intestinal wall…" (Shuker 2001:166)
  Learn more about this functional adaptation.
  • Shuker, KPN. 2001. The Hidden Powers of Animals: Uncovering the Secrets of Nature. London: Marshall Editions Ltd. 240 p.
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Functional adaptation

Body surface gathers nutrients: tapeworms
 

The body surface of a tapeworm absorbs nutrients directly from a host's intestines via an absorptive membrane.

   
  "Also, whereas flukes have guts, tapeworms have none, so they must absorb their nutrients directly through their body surface from the intestine of their primary host (normally a vertebrate)." (Shuker 2001:166)
  Learn more about this functional adaptation.
  • Shuker, KPN. 2001. The Hidden Powers of Animals: Uncovering the Secrets of Nature. London: Marshall Editions Ltd. 240 p.
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) Stats
Specimen Records:1676
Specimens with Sequences:1635
Specimens with Barcodes:1075
Species:177
Species With Barcodes:173
Public Records:1475
Public Species:163
Public BINs:165
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Genomic DNA is available from 5 specimens with morphological vouchers housed at Museum Victoria
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