The alpaca (Vicugna pacos) as a natural intermediate host of Taenia omissa (Cestoda: Taeniidae)

Luis A. Gomez-Puerta, Dora Yucra, Maria T. Lopez-Urbina, Armandoe Gonzalez

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Three metacestodes were collected from the mesentery and the surface of the liver of three adult alpacas (Vicugna pacos) in a slaughterhouse located in Puno, Peru. Various features of the metacestodes were observed for morphological identification. A molecular diagnosis was performed by PCR-based sequencing of mitochondrial genes of cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (cox1) and the NADH dehydrogenase subunit 1 (nad1). All metacestodes were identified as Taenia omissa by morphology and molecular methods The isolates from alpacas showed significant sequence similarity with previously reported isolates of T. omissa (95.7–98.1% in cox1 and 94.6–95.1% in nad1). Our report is the first to detect T. omissa metacestodes in alpacas and to reveal that alpacas are natural intermediate hosts for this parasite.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-95
Number of pages3
JournalVeterinary Parasitology
StatePublished - Nov 15 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Alpaca
  • Cysticercus
  • Intermediate host
  • Taenia omissa
  • Vicugna pacos

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • veterinary(all)

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