The taxonomic position of Anoplotaenia dasyuri (Cestoda) as inferred from molecular sequences

Diane P. Barton, Xiaocheng Zhu, Vanessa Lee, Shokoofeh Shamsi

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Anoplotaenia dasyuri Beddard, 1911 (Cestoda), from the Tasmanian devil, Sarcophilus harrisii (Boitard, 1842), is a taxonomic enigma, where a combination of morphological features, host type and geographical location have prevented it from being placed within a family and it is considered incertae sedis, despite its accepted validity. We performed a phylogenetic analysis of three A.dasyuri specimens collected from three Tasmanian devils using 18S and 28S rRNA sequences. Anoplotaenia dasyuri was found to have closest affinity with the family Paruterinidae, especially the genus Cladotaenia Cohn, 1901.The postulated theory of transfer of an ancestor of Anoplotaenia Beddard, 1911 transferring to the Tasmanian devil from an unrelated carnivorous host, such as an accipitriform or other carnivorous bird, is discussed and supported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1697 - 1705
Number of pages9
Issue number13
Early online date18 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021


Dive into the research topics of 'The taxonomic position of Anoplotaenia dasyuri (Cestoda) as inferred from molecular sequences'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this