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First Report of Taenia taeniaeformis in Persian Leopard (Panthera pardus saxicolor) in Iran
B. Esfandiari and M. R.Youssefi1*
Pasteur Institute of Iran-Amol Research Center, Amol, Mazandaran, Iran; 1Department of Veterinary Parasitology, Islamic Azad University, Babol-Branch, Babol, Iran
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Taenia taeniaeformis is synonym of Taenia infantis, Hydatigera taeniaeformis and Multicepslongihamatus. It has worldwide distribution. The leopard, a young female 2-3 years and body weight of 35 Kg, was shot unwillingly in a frighteningly close encounter with villagers in Ahovan County, Damghan city, Iran. One cestode obtained was identified as Taenia taeniaeformis. The worm was white, thick bodied and about 15 cm in length. The rostellum was short and armed with a double row of 28 hooks of two sizes.

Key words: Iran; Persian leopard; Taenia taeniaeformis


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