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Biology GCSE Unit B7 Year 11

Beef tapeworm
Taenia saginata

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Platyhelminthes
Class: Cestoda
Order: Cyclophyllidea
Family: Taeniidae
Genus: Taenia
Species: T. saginata

Binomial name
Taenia saginata
Goeze, 1782

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Taenia saginata proglottid stained to show uterine branches. The pore on the
side identifies T. saginata as a cyclophyllid cestode.
Taenia saginata, also known as Taeniarhynchus saginata or the Beef
tapeworm, is a parasite of both cattle and humans, but which can only
reproduce asexually in humans. Taenia saginata occurs…

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branches become visible. Counting the uterine branches enables some
identification (Taenia saginata uteri have twelve or more branches on each
side, while other species like Taenia solium only have five to ten)
Treatment for cestode infection can be done with the drug praziquantel.
Praziquantel opens membrane calcium channels causing…


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