Taenia taeniaeformis

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

Also known as: Hydatigera taeniaeformis — Taenia crassicollis — Cysticercus fasciolaris — Strobilocercus fasciolaris

An image of a Taenia-like egg from fecal floatation. Hooklet structures are pointed out.


Intermediate host: Mice, rats, rabbits, and squirrels

Definitive host: Cats, and foxes


The adult is around 70 cm, and has a large scolex.

Life Cycle

The eggs are passed in faeces, which are ingested by the intermediate host. The metacestode matures in the intermediate host, before being ingested by the definitive host.


Observation of square shaped proglottids in the feces, as well as identification of Taenia-like eggs on fecal floatation. Taenia eggs look the same as Echinococcus eggs, and must be differentiated by proglottids and other signs.


Praziquantel or Epsiprantel at labeled dose.

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Taenia taeniaeformis publications


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

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