Parasitology, Harold W. Manter Laboratory of


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Published in the Journal of Parasitology (April 2002) 88(2): 417-418.


Sequences of ITS-1 and ITS-2 rDNA for adult males of Spiculopteragia asymmetrica,/i> and Spiculopteragia quadrispiculata in red deer (Cervus elaphus) were determined. They were found to be identical, suggesting that S. asymmetrica and S. quadrispiculata represent a single species and do not refute the concept of dimorphic species in the Spiculopteragia.