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Greek: speira = winding; kerkos = tail. Latin: lupus = wolf.
Common parasite of dog, foxes, and wolves, but also in cats and wild canids and felids, especially in warm countries, e.g., Southern Europe, the USA, South America, Asia, and Africa. In some tropical countries, up to 80 % of dogs are infected. Infections due to larvae are common in many vertebrates including humans. A second species (Spirocerca arctica) has been demonstrated in canids in Northeast Europe.