Raillietina echinobothrida is a type of tapeworm that is known to be an internal parasite of chickens. R. echinobothrida is a 50-150 mm (2-6 in) long flattened, segmented, ribbon-shaped worm that invades the chicken's gastrointestinal system, most commonly found in the lower intestines.
Raillietina Life cycle: R. echinobothrida has an indirect life cycle, using beetles as intermediate hosts. Chickens become infected by consuming the R. echinobothrida eggs shed in the feces of infected chickens or infected beetles.
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