The upcoming discussion will update you about the difference between Taenia Solium and Fasciola Hepatica.

Difference # Taenia Solium:

1. The body of Taenia Solium is elongated, divided into a head, a neck and proglo­ttides.

2. The head Taenia Solium is equipped with hooks around the rostellum, and suckers, etc., to assure better attachment.

3. Alimentary canal is absent; already digested food of the host is absorbed through the body surface.


4. Nervous system of Taenia Solium is composed of two undifferentiated ganglia and nerve cords.

5. Excretory organs are well developed in Taenia Solium.

6. Each segment (proglottis) is a self-sufficient reproductive unit with male and female organs.

7. Self-fertilization either in the same segment or between different segments of the same individual takes place.


8. Only feeble movement of contra­ction and expansion is present in the larval form.

9. No sense organ in the larval form.

10. No asexual method of larval reproduction.

11. Larval life is less complicated in Taenia Solium.


12. Strobilation has less risk of loss or death as it takes place within the body of the host.

13. The life cycle is completed in two hosts and both the hosts belong to the class Mammalia.

Difference # Fasciola Hepatica:

1. Body of Fasciola Hepatica is flat, un-segmented and leaf-like.

2. Head lobe with mouth and sucker (anterior Sucker) and without hooks. A posterior sucker is also present in Fasciola Hepatica.

3. A bifid alimentary canal with a number of caeca is present in Fasciola Hepatica.

4. Nervous system is composed of two differentiated ganglia and nerve cords.

5. Excretory organs are more developed in Fasciola Hepatica.

6. The animal, as a whole, is a single reproductive unit.

7. Usually cross fertilization between different individuals take place.


8. Larval forms bear well developed cilia as locomotory organelles (miracidiurn).

9. Presence of eye spots.

10. Asexual method of larval reprodu­ction present (rediae).

11. Larval life is more complicated Fasciola Hepatica.

12. Asexual reproduction and larval life are more risky, specially as the presence of water is essential.

13. Two hosts are involved in the life cycle of which one belongs to the vertebrate and the other to the invertebrate.