Taxonomy: f. Dilepididae
Animal: Dipylidium caninum 5 18.jpg
Dipylidium caninum, double pored dog tape worm 15 - 70 cm long with 60 - 175 proglottids (segments) - immature-mature-gravid, a scolex (250-500 microns wide) which has 4 deeply cupped oval suckers and 30 - 150 hooks on the rostellum arranged in 1 to 7 circlets and capable of protraction and retraction) and a short neck . D. caninum is the common tapeworm of dogs and cats and occasionally humans. Cat fleas, Ctenocephalides felis felis are the intermediate hosts.
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