Armillifer armillatus

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Armillifer armillatus
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A 4 cm specimen from the respiratory tract of Python sebae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Maxillopoda
Subclass: Pentastomida
Family: Porocephalidae
Genus: Armillifer
Species: A. armillatus
Binomial name
Armillifer armillatus
(Wyman, 1848)

Armillifer armillatus is a species of the genus Armillifer[1] occurring in tropical Africa.[2] Its typical definitive hosts are Pythons, such as the Reticulated python, while rodents are presumed to act as intermediate hosts. Humans may become accidentally infected by the eggs particularly if consuming (or otherwise contacting) infected snakes. Ingested eggs develop into nymphs that invade different visceral organs causing a disease called porocephalosis. Most human infections are asymptotic, some are debilitating, or rarely even lethal.[3][4]

Most of the pythons sold for human consumption at the rural bushmeat markets in the DR Congo host Armillifer armillatus.[5]


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