Encyclopedia of Parasitology

Living Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn


  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_4529-1

This genus belongs to the group of monozoic, nonsegmented tapeworms that are included in the order Caryophyllidea and occurs in cypriniform and siluriform fishes of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. Three species (A. huronensis, A. sagittarius, A. tenuicollis) are known so far. However, A. tenuicollis is apparently a synonym of Khawia tenuicollis. Their length is about 1 cm and their scolex is provided with an umbrella-like cirrus sac.


North America Siluriform Fish 
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Further Reading

  1. Kralova-Hromadova I et al (2013) The tapeworm Atractolytocestus tenuicollis – a sister species or ancestor of an invasive A. huronensis? Parasitol Res 112:3379–3388CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

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