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Table 6 Comparative metrical data for cercariae of Diplostomum pseudospathaceum, D. spathaceum and D. paracaudum

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. pseudospathaceum D. spathaceum D. paracaudum D. spathaceum
Source Niewiadomska [27]; Niewiadomska & Kiselienė [10] Present study Niewiadomska [27]; Niewiadomska & Kiselienė [10] Niewiadomska [28]; Niewiadomska & Kiselienė [10] Present study
Fixation method Heat-killed in water Formalin Heat-killed in water Heat-killed in water Formalin
BL 170–199 (185) 150–172 (162) 222–288 (235) 185–199 (189) 155–181 (170)
BW 44–51 (45) 57–64 (59) 66–81 (73) 44–51 (46) 50–58 (53)
AOL 40–51 (49) 43–51 (47) 61–95 (68) 51–54 (51) 33–50 (45)
AOW 25–27 (27) 28–34 (31) 30–40 (34) 23–30 (27) 28–33 (30)
VSL 23–30 (29) 19–31 (28) 47–68 (53) 23–30 (25) 29–31 (31)
VSW 23–34 (28) 26–33 (30) 51–68 (59) 27–30 (28) 25–31 (27)
TSL 199–214 (206) 203–221 (213) 244–303 (273) 185–222 (211) 241–260 (250)
TW 29–31 (29) 21–32 (29) 40–44 (44) 37 30–34 (32)
FL 185–222 (201) 212–246 (232) 251–296 (273) 185–222 (208) 237–261 (252)
VSW/AOW (1.0) 0.8–1.1 (1.0) (1.7) (1.0) 0.8–1.1 (0.9)
BL/TSL (0.9) 0.7–0.8 (0.8) (0.9) (0.9) 0.6–0.7 (0.7)
TSL/FL (1.0) 0.9–1.0 (0.9) (1.0) (1.0) 0.9–1.0 (1.0)
  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