A captive-born adult female Nilgiri langur (Semnopithecus johnii) developed an edematous swelling of the left thigh and a firm mass around the right ankle joint. The animal also suffered from lethargy and anorexia and was euthanized because of poor general condition. Necropsy revealed that the skeletal muscle of the left thigh had been replaced by a multilocular cystic mass containing numerous sand-grain–sized whitish structures. Small cysts were also present in the lung and the myocardium. The mass of the right ankle joint was histologically consistent with a myxosarcoma. In contrast, the cystic masses from the left thigh, the lung, and the myocardium represented metacestode tissue with evidence of numerous larval cestodes consistent with cysticerci. Cysticerci showed morphological characteristics of Cysticercus longicollis, the larval form of Taenia crassiceps, which was confirmed by genetic analysis. This is the first documented case of a Taenia crassiceps cysticercosis in an Old World monkey species.
Old World monkey