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Taenia asiatica

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A tapeworm species of class Cestoda, and is commonly known as the Asian tapeworm that is first discovered in East Asia


Taenia asiatica is a tapeworm species of class Cestoda of phylum Platyhelminthes. It is commonly called Asian tapeworm or Asian taenia. Similar to other species of the genus Taenia, Taenia asiatica is a parasitic worm inhabiting the intestines of definitive hosts and resembling a strip of tape.

Taenia asiatica is formerly thought of as a strain of Taenia saginata, the beef tapeworm. However, it differs from T. saginata since its intermediate host is not cattle but pigs. Thus, similar to T. solium, T. asiatica is a parasite of humans (as definitive host) and pigs (as intermediate host). Research conducted by parasitologists, K. S. Eom and H. J. Rim in 1993 established that T. asiatica is a distinct species.1 It is also different in having rostellar hooks and fewer proglottids.

Scientific classification:

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Platyhelminthes
  • Class: Cestoda
  • Order: Cyclophyllidea
  • Family: Taeniidae
  • Genus: Taenia
  • Species: T. asiatica [Eom and Rim, 1993]

Other common name(s):

  • Asian tapeworm
  • Asian taenia

See also:

1 Eom, Keeseon S. and Rim, Han-Jong (1993). "Morphologic descriptions of Taenia asiatica sp. n". The Korean Journal of Parasitology. 31 (1): 1–6.