Molecular identification of Taenia serialis coenurosis in a wild Ethiopian gelada (Theropithecus gelada)

India A. Schneider-Crease, Noah Snyder-Mackler, Julie C. Jarvey, Thore J. Bergman

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-243
Number of pages4
JournalVeterinary Parasitology
Volume198
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 15 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Gelada
  • Molecular phylogeny
  • Multiceps
  • Taenia serialis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • veterinary(all)

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