Department of Veterinary Medicine
The increased number of inquiries received lead to the belief that a preliminary report setting forth our present knowledge of this parasite would be of value. While our record of autopsies shows that the fringed tapeworm of the intestines frequently inhabits the same individual, as the twisted stomach worm, it is to the former alone we desire to call attention. An adult worm measures from 15 to 30 cm. (5 15-16 to 11 7-8 in.) in length. In comparison with other species of tapeworm the head is large, about the size of a pin's head, and provided with four distinct suckers. For the purpose of this report it is deemed neither advisable nor essential to enter into a minute description of the structure of this parasite. The possession of one peculiar and characteristic feature permits of the ready identification of the fringed tapeworm. The posterior border of each segment of the worm bears a fringe, giving a velvety appearance to the entire animal. If there is any doubt as to the identification, the presence of this fringe can be readily recognized by placing the worm in a small vial of water, thus causing the fringe to float out somewhat from the segments of the body.
fringed tape worm, sheep, livestock parasites
South Dakota Agricultural College, Experiment Station
Moore, E.L., "A Preliminary Report on the Fringed Tape Worm of Sheep" (1903). Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletins. 78.