Brachycephalus pernix (Anura Brachycephalidae), a new host of Ophiotaenia (Eucestoda: Proteocephalidea)

Luiz F. Ribeiro, Patrícia R. Ströher, Carina R. Firkowski, Felipe A. Cini, Marcos R. Bornschein, Marcio R. Pie

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This study reports on a novel record of parasitism of the montane frog Brachycephalus pernix (Anura: Brachycephalidae) by the tapeworm Ophiotaenia sp. (Eucestoda: Proteocephalidea). Moreover, this is the second record of Ophiotaenia parasitizing an anuran in Brazil. The strong tendency for Brachycephalus to display isolated microendemic distributions provides an excellent model system to investigate host-parasite coevolution in terrestrial proteocephalidean tapeworms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-294
Number of pages4
JournalHerpetology Notes
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2014


  • Brazil
  • Eucestoda
  • Geography
  • New record
  • Phylogeny
  • Terrarana


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