Although modern systematics of living organisms are based mainly on molecular biological features, the traditional identification of living organisms, including parasites, is still practised, in most labs, on the basis of their morphological characteristics. Therefore, clear and easily applicable identification guides are essential to ensure correct identification. CABI Publishing having realised this, have over the past 25 years built a tradition of excellent identification tables, keys and books on Nematodes and Cestodes. In 2002, they issued Volume 1 of the Keys to the Trematoda, containing the Subclass Aspidogastrea and the important Order Strigeida. This year, Volume 2 of this series has been published. Just as for Volume 1, the editors have invited the best specialists to contribute to this volume. For veterinary parasitologists, this Volume is particularly interesting because it contains the taxa of the order Echinostomida and some of the Plagiorchiida with many families of veterinary importance, such as the Echinostomatidae, Fasciolidae and Paramphistomidae. Parasitologists who study parasites of wild life vertebrates will be very happy to have this book ¿ together with Volume 1 ¿ available for trematode identification. They will be helped by the excellent drawings to make the identification to the generic level. For each genus, the type-species is mentioned. For identification to the species-level, more specialised literature is needed. Apart from information on the morphology of the adult worms, the general life cycle of members of the genus ¿ if known ¿ is discussed. The intermediate host(s) of the cercariae and metacercariae (when applicable) are given. Together with the yet to be issued Volume 3, the Keys to the Trematoda is an indispensible series of books for every scientist who encounters trematode parasites of all vertebrate hosts from fishes to man.
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