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.
- 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
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.