Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn


  • Heinz MehlhornEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_3078
Genus of the nematode family Oxyuridae. Syphacia spp. ( S. muris, S. obvelata) and Aspiculuris spp. occur in the ceca and colon of rats, mice, and hamsters. Males are 1.5 μm, females up to 4.5 mm long. The eggs of S. obvelata are crescent shaped (150 × 50 μm) and contain only a morula ( S. muris contains a larva), Fig. 1.
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany