The parasite is known as the Bolbosoma species, a member of the Acanthocephala phylum. Due to its appearance, its common name is “thorny-headed worm”. A Bolbosoma infection can be diagnosed through visible larvae in the fecal matter. An animal with abdominal discomfort can also be in indicator of intestinal worms. Unfortunately, no effective treatment has been found for this infection in marine animals. Most of the information on this mature parasite comes from worms examined after being removed from the dead animals’ intestine. In human cases however, medications can be given to get rid of the worms.
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