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A paruterinid metacestode in the liver of a Neotropical bat (Molossus molossus)
- Alex Junior Souza de Souza, Andreza Pinheiro Malheiros, Max Moreira Alves, André Antônio Corrêa das Chagas, Lilian Rose Marques de Sá, Manoel do Carmo Pereira Soares
- Parasitology international 2019 v.70 pp. 46-50
- Cestoda, Molossus, frugivores, genes, histopathology, hosts, larvae, liver, phylogeny, ribosomal DNA, tapeworms, Amazonia, Brazil
- We describe a case of microscopic liver lesion caused by larval cestode in a frugivorous bat (Molossus molossus) from the Western Brazilian Amazon. Histopathological analysis of liver indicated the occurrence of metacestode associated with multifocal histiocytic response and the phylogenetic analysis of Cox-I and 18S rDNA genes indicated that the parasite belonged to the family Paruterinidae. This is the first identification of cestodes of the family Paruterinidae in bats and may suggest a broad range of paruterinid tapeworm hosts to be investigated in the Brazilian Amazon.