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J Wildl Dis. 2017 Oct;53(4):934-937. doi: 10.7589/2017-01-020. Epub 2017 Jun 22.

First Report of an Adult Tapeworm (Cestoda: Diphyllobothriidea) in a Southern Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris nereis).

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1 California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Office of Spill Prevention and Response, Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care & Research Center, 151 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, California 95060, USA.
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2 Institute of Parasitology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Branišovská 31, 370 05 České Budějovice, Czech Republic.
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3 Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, MSC03-2020, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131, USA.
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4 16450 Avenue of The Fountains, Fountain Hills, Arizona 85268, USA.

Abstract

We present a novel case of an intestinal cestode infection in a southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis). The cestode species Diphyllobothrium tetrapterum (syn. Diplogonoporus tetrapterus) was confirmed genetically. Stable isotope analysis of whiskers collected from the sea otter did not confirm the consumption of fish as the route of exposure.

PMID:
28640666
DOI:
10.7589/2017-01-020
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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