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Taenia saginata

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_3092-2


Greek: tainia = band, tape. Latin: saginatus = strong, thick. English: beef tapeworm of humans.

Geographic Distribution/Epidemiology

Worldwide: WHO estimates that nearly one million of humans are infected, especially in countries with intensified cattle farming.

Morphology/Life Cycle

The life cycle of this tapeworm is diagrammatically depicted in Fig. 1 of the keyword Taenia solium, since many features of both human tapeworms are very similar. T. solium reaches a length of 6–10 m. Its scolex (measuring 1–2 mm) is also armed with four strong suckers, but rostrum with hooks is lacking (Fig. 1). The terminal proglottids, which are excreted singly or in groups of 2–3, measure up to 2 cm × 7 mm and thus are considerably larger than those of T. solium; also their uterus has much more lateral branches (up to 35–40) than that in the terminal proglottids of T. solium (Fig. 2). The spherical eggs are morphologically indistinguishable from those of T. soliumand measure also 30–40 μm in...


Life Cycle Incubation Period Oral Uptake Lateral Branch Microscopic Determination 
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Further Reading

  1. Abuseir S et al (2013) An immunoblot for detection of Taenia saginata cysticercosis. Parasitol Res 112:2069–2073CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. Anantaphruti M et al (2013) Genetic variation and population genetics of Taenia saginata in North and Northeast Thailand in relation to Taenia asiatica. J Parasitol Res. doi:10.1155/2013/310605PubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  3. Eichenberger RM et al (2013) Multi-test analysis and model-based estimation of the prevalence of Tania saginata cysticercus infection in naturally infected dairy cows in the absence of a “gold standard” reference test. Int J Parasitol 43:853–859CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. Eom KS et al (2009) Geographical distribution of Taenia asiatica and related species. Korean J Parasitol 47:S115–S124CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  5. Lopes WD et al (2014) Historic of therapeutic efficacy of albendazole sulphoxide administered in different routes, dosages and treatment schemes against Taenia saginata cysticercus in cattle experimentally infected. Exp Parasitol 137:14–20CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  6. Mehlhorn H et al (1981) On the nature of proglottids in cestodes. Parasitol Res 65:243–259Google Scholar
  7. Yamane K et al (2013) Genotypic relationships between Taenia saginata and Taenia asiatica and their hybrids. Parasitology 140:1595–1601CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und Parasitologie Universitätsstraße 1DüsseldorfGermany