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Volume 17, Number 2—February 2011

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Transmission of Armillifer armillatus Ova at Snake Farm, The Gambia, West Africa

Dennis TappeComments to Author , Michael Meyer, Anett Oesterlein, Assan Jaye, Matthias Frosch, Christoph Schoen, and Nikola Pantchev
Author affiliations: Author affiliations: University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany (D. Tappe, A. Oesterlein, M. Frosch, C. Schoen); Touray and Meyer Veterinary Clinic, Bijilo, The Gambia (M. Meyer); Medical Research Council Laboratories, Fajara, The Gambia (A. Jaye); Veterinary Medical Laboratory, Ludwigsburg, Germany (N. Pantchev)

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Adult and larval Armillifer armillatus parasites. A) Ventral view of 2 adult A. armillatus parasites recovered from the lungs and trachea of a deceased rock python; a gravid female (bottom) and a pre-adult female (top) are shown. The parasites showed 20 and 18 marked body rings, and had a length of 10 cm and 9 cm and a body width of 5–8 mm and 3–5 mm, respectively. B) Heavily parasitized omentum of a female stray dog, showing typical encapsulated C-shaped larval stages of A. armillatus parasites

Figure 1. Adult and larval Armillifer armillatus parasites. A) Ventral view of 2 adult A. armillatus parasites recovered from the lungs and trachea of a deceased rock python; a gravid female (bottom) and a pre-adult female (top) are shown. The parasites showed 20 and 18 marked body rings, and had a length of 10 cm and 9 cm and a body width of 5–8 mm and 3–5 mm, respectively. B) Heavily parasitized omentum of a female stray dog, showing typical encapsulated C-shaped larval stages of A. armillatus parasites. C) Larvae from the omentum. The larvae had a length of 18–19 mm and a body width of 2 mm and showed 20–22 rings. Scale bars = 1 cm.

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