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Zeitschrift für Parasitenkunde

, Volume 63, Issue 3, pp 271–275 | Cite as

Camponotus compressiscapus André (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) an experimental second intermediate host ofDicrocoelium hospes looss, 1907 (Trematodes, Dicrocoeliidae)

  • Richard Lucius
  • Thomas Romig
  • Werner Frank
Original Investigations

Abstract

Infection experiments showed that the African antCamponotus compressiscapus can serve as a second intermediate host ofDicrocoelium hospes. Most of the cercariae penetrated the crop-wall and encysted in the hemocoel, whereas one or more larvae invaded the ant's central nervous system. These larvae cause behavioral changes, which increase their chance of being ingested by final hosts. Experimental infections of definitive hosts were obtained in golden hamsters,Meriones unguiculatus, guinea-pigs, and sheep.

Key words

Dicrocoelium hospes Second intermediate host Camponotus compressiscapus Behavioral changes 

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© Springer-Verlag 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Lucius
    • 1
  • Thomas Romig
    • 1
  • Werner Frank
    • 1
  1. 1.Abt. ParasitologieUniversität HohenheimStuttgart 70Federal Republic of Germany

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