Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Archigetes Species

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_259-2


Greek: archi = very old.

Archigetes species (Fig. 1) belong to the monozoic tapeworm order Caryophyllidea. Adults (0.5–3 cm long) are described worldwide. They live as intestinal parasites in fresh water fishes, but larvae are found in tubificid worms. Their body lacks internal or external segmentation and includes just one set of female and male sexual organs unlike all other Eucestoda. Worldwide about 41 genera of the Caryophyllidea are described with a total of around 150 families.
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Further Reading

  1. Olsen DD et al (2008) On the position of Archigetes and its bearing on the early evolution of the tapeworms. J Parasitol 94:898–904CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Oros M et al (2008) Phylogenetic relationships of the monozoic tapeworms (Eucestoda: Caryophyllidea) inferred from morphological characters. Syst Parasitol 70:1–14CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

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