Abstract

A total of 41 cestodes were collected during necropsy examination on 2 pumas (Puma concolor) that were found in 2 communities in Canchis province, Cuzco region, Peru, at 4500 meters above sea level (Peruvian Andes). The cestodes were evaluated morphologically and molecularly. A fragment of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 gene (cox1) was used as a genetic marker. All the cestodes were identified as Taenia omissa. In the present report, we give a brief description by molecular and morphological diagnosis of the cestodes and compare nucleotide sequences with previous isolates from GenBank. Upon comparison, the sequences showed a difference in the cox1 gene of 5.1 to 5.3% with other teniids sequences. This finding constitutes the first report of T. omissa in Peru and expands the geographic distribution of this parasite.

Translated title of the contributionMolecular and morphological evidence of Taenia Omissa in pumas (Puma concolor) in the Peruvian highlands
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)368-373
Number of pages6
JournalRevista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinaria
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2016

Keywords

  • Cestode
  • Cytochrome C oxidase subunit 1 gene
  • Puma
  • Puma concolor
  • Taenia omissa
  • Taeniid

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