A time course for the heterogonic development of Strongyloides stercoralis is described and a method for distinguishing the early larval stages of this nematode is proposed. The number of cells in the developing gonad were counted at various time intervals of incubation, along with the percentage of larvae in molt at each interval. The time course of growth of the gonad follows a pattern comparable to that reported for body length in an idealized general nematode. A model for the heterogonic development of S. stercoralis is proposed, which, although similar to other nematode developmental models, is stage specific for S. stercoralis, allowing the otherwise morphologically similar rhabditiform stages (L1, L2) to be distinguished.

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