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Table 5 Comparative metrical data for cercariae of the Diplostomummergi’ species complex

From: Integrative taxonomic approach to the cryptic diversity of Diplostomum spp. in lymnaeid snails from Europe with a focus on the ‘Diplostomum mergi’ species complex

Species D. mergi D. mergi Lineage 2’ D. mergi Lineage 3’ D. parviventosum
Source Niewiadomska & Kiselienė [10] Present study Present study Niewiadomska & Kiselienė [10] Present study
Fixation method Heat-killed in water Formalin Formalin Heat-killed in water Formalin
BL 161–204 (182) 157–179 (168) 171–191 (184) 162–185 (176) 115–151 (134)
BW 51–68 (59) 62–67 (64) 44–54 (49) 50–70 (55) 50–61 (54)
AOL 51–68 (58) 43–53 (49) 42–59 (48) 55–60 (56) 43–53 (47)
AOW 25–30 (28) 24–36 (33) 29–35 (32) 29–32 (31) 26–33 (30)
VSL 34–51 (44) 43–49 (46) 28–33 (31) 34–38 (36) 29–39 (33)
VSW 34–51 (44) 50–56 (53) 28–35 (32) 34–37 (36) 30–46 (37)
TSL 187–229 (207) 146–180 (168) 196–224 (212) 203–242 (228) 153–176 (165)
TSW 34–43 (36) 27–32 (29) 30–36 (33) 31–40 (35) 26–36 (30)
FL 187–229 (210) 203–227 (216) 210–245 (225) 191–218 (206) 178–217 (204)
VSW/AOW (1.6) 1.5–2.1 (1.6) 0.9–1.1 (1.0) (1.1) 1.0–1.4 (1.2)
BL/TSL (0.9) 1.0–1.1 (1.0) 0.8–1.0 (0.9) (0.8) 0.7–0.9 (0.8)
TSL/FL (1.0) 0.7–0.8 (0.8) 0.9–1.0 (0.9) (1.1) 0.8–0.9 (0.8)
  1. Data are presented as the range followed by the mean in parentheses. See Methods and Additional file 1: Figure S1 for description and illustration of the metrical features