Taenia pisiformis

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Taenia pisiformis
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Platyhelminthes
Class Cestoda
Order Cyclophyllidea
Family Taeniidae
Genus Taenia
Species T. pisiformis

Also known as: Cysticercus pisiformis

Hosts

Intermediate host: Rabbits and hares.

Definitive host: Dogs and foxes.

Identification

T. pisiformis is around 2m in length, and have large scolexes and hooks.

Life Cycle

Infection of the intermediate host is through ingestion of the tapeworm eggs shed by the dogs. The hatch in the small intestine of the intermediate host, they then continue to develop in the liver and the abdominal cavity.

The definitive host is infected by ingestion of the cysticercus. The prepatent period of T. pisinformis is around 7 weeks. It is similar to T. hydatigena, except that the cysticerci are pea-sized and are found on the omentum of rabbits.


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References

Taylor, M.A, Coop, R.L., Wall,R.L. (2007) Veterinary Parasitology Blackwell Publishing




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