Postembryonic development of Arostrilepis microtis Gulyaev et Chechulin, 1997 (Eucestoda: Hymenolepididae) in springtails (Collembola: Entomobryidae)


The development of the metacestode stages of Arostrilepis microtis (Eucestoda: Hymenolepididae) studied on the basis of an experimental infection of springtails (Collembola: Entomobryidae) is described for the first time. A complete description of the ontogeny from oncosphere to fully a developed metacestode is given. The postembryonic development within the intermediate host includes one invagination. Cysts are without an anterior invagination pore, and the cercomer does not separate after the full maturation of larva. The comparison of morphology and maturation rate of larval cestodes of A. microtis with A. beringiensis and A. tenuicirrosa is presented. Cysticercoids of A. microtis are significantly larger and require a longer period of development than those of A. beringiensis and A. tenuicirrosa.

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This study was made on the basis of the Teletskyi Research Field Station of the Institute of Systematics and Ecology of Animals of the Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences. We sincerely thank Dr. Eric P. Hoberg for his useful remarks and checking the English of the manuscript. We are grateful to Dr. Scott L. Gardner and the reviewer for their detailed comments that improved the manuscript.


A substantial portion of the work was funded by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (Project Nos. 17-04-00088-а and 17-04-00227-a). Further support was provided by the Federal Fundamental Scientific Research Program for 2013–2020, grant no. VI.51.1.5 (АААА-А16-116121410121-7).

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Ishigenova, L.A., Berezina, O.G. & Makarikov, A.A. Postembryonic development of Arostrilepis microtis Gulyaev et Chechulin, 1997 (Eucestoda: Hymenolepididae) in springtails (Collembola: Entomobryidae). Parasitol Res 117, 2411–2417 (2018).

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  • Larval cestodes
  • Hymenolepididae
  • Arostrilepis
  • Life cycle
  • Cysticercoids
  • Intermediate hosts
  • Springtails