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Moniezia expansa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Platyhelminthes
Class: Cestoda
Order: Cyclophyllidea
Family: Anoplocephalidae
Genus: Moniezia
Blanchard, 1891

Moniezia a genus of tapeworms that are parasitic in mammals, including sheep, goat and cattle. It comprises four known species such as M. expansa, M. benedeni, M. autumnalis and M. baeri. M. expansa is the most well known species within the genus because of its high prevalence. Members of the genus are among the largest cestodes reaching up to 10 m in length. They inhabit the small intestine of mammalian host. Their life cycle is indirect requiring intermediate host, which are oribatid mites. They are characterized by the presence of interproglottid glands.[1]


  1. ^ Mehlhorn H (2008). Encyclopedia of parasitology, Volume 1 (3rd edn). Springer. ISBN 978-3-540-48994-8

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