Raillietina echinobothrida

Raillietina echinobothrida is a type of tapeworm that is known to be an internal parasite of chickens. R. echinobothrida is a 50-150 mm (2-6 in) long flattened, segmented, ribbon-shaped worm that invades the chicken's gastrointestinal system, most commonly found in the lower intestines.

Life cycle
R. echinobothrida has an indirect life cycle, using beetles as intermediate hosts. Chickens become infected by consuming the R. echinobothrida eggs shed in the feces of infected chickens or infected beetles.

Hosts

  • chicken
  • guinea fowl

Associated Diseases