This nematode (feline lungworm) belongs to the so-called Metastrongylida. It parasitizes inside the peribronchial tissues and lung parenchyma of wild and domestic cats. Formerly this worm was named Anafilaroides rostratus. Related species are Troglostrongylusbrevior and A. abstrusus. The adult female and male worms measure 19–25 and 10–15 mm in length, respectively. The larvae develop in a large range of molluscs (snails of the genera Achatina, Helix, Laevicaulis, Mariella), where they reach infectivity within 20–56 days.
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