A genus of endoparasitic bloodsucking arthropods (family Linguatulidae, class Pentastomida), commonly known as tongue worms; once thought to be degenerate Acarina, but now generally considered to be a small but distinctive early offshoot of the Arthropoda. Adult worms are found in lungs or air passages of various hosts (for example, reptiles, birds, carnivores); young worms are found in a great variety of hosts, including humans, but chiefly in animals that serve as prey.
[L. linguatu, tongued, + -ula, dim. suffix]
Linguatula/Lin·guat·u·la/ (ling-gwat´u-lah) a genus of wormlike arthropods, the adults of which inhabit the respiratory tract of vertebrates; the larvae are found in the lungs and other internal organs. It includes L. serra´ta (L. rhina´ria), which parasitizes dogs and cats and sometimes humans.
a genus of parasites in the class Pentastomida.
adults occur in the nasal cavities of canines and larvae in mesenteric lymph nodes of the horse, goat, sheep and rabbit. Causes sneezing and a bloody nasal discharge. The larval stages may be confused with tuberculosis.