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1 January 1991 Asynchronous Capsule Formation in the Gastrointestinal Tract of the Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis viridis) Induced by Mesocestoides sp. Tetrathyridia
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The prairie rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis viridis) was experimentally infected with tetrathyridia of Mesocestoides sp. Individual snakes were killed at 4 wk increments, and sections of the stomach, small intestine, large intestine and attached mesenteries were examined for nonencapsulated and encapsulated tetrathyridia. Capsule formation was asynchronous with 9 to 80% encapsulated metacestodes. The distribution of tetrathyridia in the wall of all segments of the gastrointestinal tract is presented as evidence that this metacestode is principally a tissue dwelling parasite.

Widmer and Specht: Asynchronous Capsule Formation in the Gastrointestinal Tract of the Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis viridis) Induced by Mesocestoides sp. Tetrathyridia
Elmer A. Widmer and H. David Specht "Asynchronous Capsule Formation in the Gastrointestinal Tract of the Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis viridis) Induced by Mesocestoides sp. Tetrathyridia," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 27(1), 161-163, (1 January 1991). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-27.1.161
Received: 5 December 1989; Published: 1 January 1991
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