Fasciola hepatica

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Fasciola hepatica
Fasciola hepatica - adult worm
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Platyhelminthes
Class: Trematoda
Subclass: Digenea
Order: Echinostomida
Family: Fasciolidae
Genus: Fasciola
Species: F. hepatica
Binomial name
Fasciola hepatica
Linnaeus, 1758

Fasciola hepatica, also known as the common liver fluke or sheep liver fluke, is a parasitic flatworm of the class Trematoda, that infects liver of various mammals, including humans. The disease caused by the fluke is called fascioliasis (also known as fasciolosis). F. hepatica is distributed worldwide and causes great economic losses in sheep and cattle.