The Family Ascarididae is a member of the Superfamily Ascaridoidea. Here is the complete "parentage" of Ascarididae:
- Domain: Eukaryota
Whittaker & Margulis,1978 - eukaryotes
- Kingdom: Animalia
C. Linnaeus, 1758 - animals
- Subkingdom: Bilateria
(Hatschek, 1888) Cavalier-Smith, 1983 - bilaterians
- Branch: Protostomia
Grobben, 1908 - protostomes
- Infrakingdom: Ecdysozoa A.M.A. Aguinaldo et al., 1997 ex T. Cavalier-Smith, 1998 - ecdysozoans
- Branch: Protostomia Grobben, 1908 - protostomes
- Subkingdom: Bilateria (Hatschek, 1888) Cavalier-Smith, 1983 - bilaterians
- Kingdom: Animalia C. Linnaeus, 1758 - animals
The Family Ascarididae is further organized into finer groupings including:
- Genus (12): Amplicaecum · Angusticaecum · Ascaris · Baylisascaris · Dujardinascaris · Hexametra · Ophidascaris · Paranisakiopsis · Parascaris · Pseudoterranova · Seuratascaris · Toxascaris
- Species: ZipcodeZoo has pages for 99 species and subspecies in the Family Ascarididae.
Ascaris is a genus of parasitic nematode worms known as the "giant intestinal roundworms". One species, A. suum, typically infects pigs, while another, A. lumbricoides, affects human populations, typically in sub-tropical and tropical areas with poor sanitation. A. lumbricoides is the largest intestinal roundworm and is the most common helminth infection of humans worldwide, an infection known as ascariasis. Infestation can cause morbidity, and sometimes death, by compromising nutritional status, affecting cognitive processes, inducing tissue reactions, such as granuloma, and provoking intestinal obstruction or rectal prolapse. [more]
Baylisascaris is a genus of roundworms that infest more than fifty animal species. [more]
At least 3 species and subspecies belong to the Genus Toxascaris.
More info about the Genus Toxascaris may be found here.
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