Aquatic Parasite Observatory

Tetrabothrius spp. (Rudolphi, 1819)

    • Species Name: Tetrabothrius spp. (Rudolphi, 1819)
    • Synonyms: None
    • Taxonomy: (Rudolphi, 1819) Animalia, Platyhelminthes, Cestoda, Eucestoda, Tetrabothriidae, Tetrabothrius spp.
    • Description: Lacking intestine. Oral sucker and pharynx are vestigial. Tegument covered with microtriches. Adults are polyzoic. Larval cercomer has 6 hooks that is lost during ontogeny (Roberts and Janovy, 2009).
    • Life Cycle: Little is known about the life cycle of Tetrabothriidae parasites, however it is thought that the lifecycle involves planktonic cephalopods (Robert et al., 1970). Hoberg 1987 found unique plerocercoid larvae from Tetrabothriidae. (Wardle et al., 1970).
    • Sources: Roberts and Janovy. 2009. Foundations of Parasitology. p 205.
    • Wardle, R.A., McLeod, J.A., Radinovsky, S. 1970. Advances in the zoology of tapeworms 1950-1970. p. 130.
    • APO Parasite Records: (by Life Cycle)
        1. Host SpeciesHost Common NameSite(s) of Infection
          Larus sp.Gull 

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