alexa Molecular identification of Taenia serialis coenurosis in a wild Ethiopian gelada (Theropithecus gelada).
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Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

Author(s): SchneiderCrease IA, SnyderMackler N, Jarvey JC, Bergman TJ

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Abstract Since morphological identification of a larval Taeniid in geladas (Theropithecus gelada) has produced inconsistent results, genetic information is pivotal for species identification. Nuclear and mitochondrial DNA from a coenurus in a wild gelada were compared to published sequences from multiple Taeniid species, confirming the identification of this parasite as Taenia serialis. A demographic analysis finds age to be a strong predictor of coenuri. Tapeworms rarely employ primates as intermediate hosts, and the presence of T. serialis in a wild gelada population may indicate a substantial ecological shift in this parasite's life cycle. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. This article was published in Vet Parasitol and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

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