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Current traxonomy of dwarf tapeworm

James Mahaffy Mahaffy at dordt.edu
Wed Mar 6 18:23:50 EST 2002

When I refer to dwarf tapeworm, I have been using the new name,
Vampirolepis nana,  suggested by my fifth edition of Roberts.  However,
my current Zoo text (Hickman 2001) uses the old name Hymenolepis nana. 
I thought I could use some electronic resources and find what is
currently considered the best name but after 20 minutes came to no
resolution.  The electronic data base our library uses, Ebsco host must
not cover many parasitological journals since neither name came up in a
search.  Ingenta/Carl Uncover which covers more journals did not do much
better.  It produced no articles on a search for Vampirolepis and only
two for Hymenolepis.  Two journals is not much to base ones judgment of
which names journals use, so I then went to the web.  I used google to
search for "dwarf tapeworm" and the two genera.  I found that
Vampirolepis is used on some current parasitology web or course sites
but others still use Hymenolepis.  In fact Hymenolepis is used a LOT
more on the web.  
Am I right in assuming that someone split the genus Hymenolepis placing
Vampirolepis in a new (or other genus).  But I also assume that either
not everyone agrees with the split or it just hasn't caught on yet.  
Any feedback on where the taxonomy is going and if one genus is
"better" would be appreciated.  
I will pass this on (bcc) to my class and our librarian (so she knows I
am using her data bases).
Unless you object I will share any responses with my class. 
James Mahaffy (mahaffy at dordt.edu)        Phone: 712 722-6279
Biology Department                                     FAX :  712
Dordt College, Sioux Center IA 51250
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