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Two Taenia species found in Japan, with new distribution record of Taenia polyacantha Leuckart, 1856 (Cestoda: Taeniidae).

Authors
  • Ihama, Y1
  • Sato, H
  • Makino, Y
  • Kamiya, H
  • 1 Department of Parasitology, Hirosaki University School of Medicine, 5 Zaifu-cho, Hirosaki 036-8562, Aomori, Japan. , (Japan)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Parasitology international
Publication Date
February 2000
Volume
48
Issue
4
Pages
303–306
Identifiers
PMID: 10725694
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In an epidemiological survey for Echinococcus multilocularis in rodents and insectivores from the northernmost part of the central mainland of Japan (Honshu), two taeniid species, Taenia crassiceps and Taenia polyacantha, were found in Microtus montebelli and Apodemus argenteus, respectively. The latter is the first record of distribution in Japan, and the former is the second after its first recovery from the central part of Japan. Although we have found neither larval nor strobilar stage of E. multilocularis there, discovery of these taeniid species, having overlapping global distribution with E. multilocularis in red foxes Vulpes vulpes as well as multiple occurrences of hydatid patients having no history of visits to the endemic areas shows the possibility that the life-cycle of E. multilocularis might be maintained at least in the northernmost part of Honshu.

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