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Molecular identification of Mesocestoides sp. metacestodes in a captive gold-handed tamarin (Saguinus midas)

Montalbano Di Filippo, M., Meoli, R., Cavallero, S., Eleni, C., De Liberato, C., Berrilli, F.
Infection, genetics, and evolution 2018 v.65 pp. 399-405
Mesocestoides, Saguinus, asexual reproduction, birds of prey, carnivores, hosts, humans, intestines, juveniles, loci, metacestodes, monkeys, phylogeny, tapeworms
Mesocestoides spp. are tapeworms harbored in the intestine of many domestic and wild carnivores, birds of prey and, rarely, of humans. The life cycle is assumed to involve three hosts and the metacestode juvenile stage (tetrathyridium) may reproduce asexually, provoking severe systemic infections. In the present study, a case of a peritoneal infection by Mesocestoides sp. occurred in a captive gold-handed tamarin (Saguinus midas) is described. Phylogenetic positions based on CO1 and 12S loci were analysed to describe in details this unusual finding of Mesocestoides in a callitrichid monkey. The phylogenetic analyses has not clearly resolve relationships between the metacestode forms from the tamarin and any of the described Mesocestoides species available so far, including those described from non-human primates, thus supporting the hypothesis of a new taxon within the genus.