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Development and Sexual Maturation of Taenia crassiceps (Cestoda) in the Golden Hamster

Mayoko Kitaoka, Yuzaburo Oku, Munehiro Okamoto and Masao Kamiya
The Journal of Parasitology
Vol. 76, No. 3 (Jun., 1990), pp. 399-402
DOI: 10.2307/3282674
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3282674
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Development and Sexual Maturation of Taenia crassiceps (Cestoda) in the Golden Hamster
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Abstract

The development of cysticerci of Taenia crassiceps to mature tapeworms in the intestinal tract of cortisone-treated and untreated golden hamsters is described. The development of the worms in untreated hamsters is as follows. Maturation and branching of the uterus and the presence of ova in the uterus were observed on day 15 postinfection (PI). By day 21 PI, fertilization had taken place, as evidenced by the presence of sperm in the seminal receptacle. On day 28 PI, shelled eggs were observed in feces. The rate of development of the worms in cortisone-treated hamsters was similar to that observed in untreated hamsters. More worm recovery and a longer period of worm survival were seen in the cortisone-treated than in the untreated hamsters. Thus, both cortisone-treated and untreated golden hamsters can produce normal gravid individuals of T. crassiceps.

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