Hymenolepis carioca

Hymenolepsis carioca is a type of tapeworm, specifically known as a cestode that is an internal parasite of chickens. H. carioca is a 40 mm (1.5 in) long flattened, segmented, ribbon-shaped worm that invades the chicken's gastrointestinal system.

Hymenolepsis carioca Life cycle: H. carioca has an indirect life cycle, using beetles and flies as intermediate hosts. Chickens become infected by consuming the H. carioca eggs shed in the feces of infected chickens or infected stable flies and dung beetles.



  • Order: Cyclophyllidea
  • Family: Hymenolepididae
  • Genus: Hymenolepsis


  • chicken

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