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Monogenean Trematodes

Peggy Reed, Ruth Francis-Floyd and RuthEllen Klinger

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Monogenean trematodes (flukes) are a group of parasites best described as flatworms. Monogeneans are commonly found on the gills, skin or fins of fishes and lower aquatic invertebrates. A few may invade the rectal cavity, ureters, body cavity and even the blood vascular system. There are more than 100 families of monogenean trematodes found on fishes of the world, in fresh and salt water, and at a variety of temperatures. 
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