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Volume 20, 1887
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Exhibits.—A specimen of the “bladder fluke” obtained from a rabbit captured at Dry River, Wairarapa, by Mr. Coleman Phillips, was exhibited by Sir James Hector.

The speaker said that this was one stage of the tapeworm of the fox, wolf, etc., and probably of the wild dog and .cat. He further stated that in America he had seen large tracts of country cleared of rabbits in a few months by the propagation of this disease. This is the third time the disease has appeared in the Wairarapa; but the difficulty in this country will probably be to secure a proper host, as otherwise the worm cannot reach maturity, and the disease will die out.