Dipetalonema streptocerca (Macfie and Corson, 1922): Description of the Adult Female

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  • Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Institut Médical Evangélique, Washington, D. C., Republic of Zaire

Morphologic features of the adult female Dipetalonema streptocerca and microfilariae are described and illustrated from serial paraffin sections of biopsied skin from eight Africans. Characteristic features include a maximum diameter of 85 microns, a thin, smooth cuticle, and uteri that fill the body cavity. D. streptocerca is briefly compared to Onchocerca volvulus.

Author Notes

Present address: ALM Leprosy Atelier, Department of Pathology, University of Hawaii, School of Medicine, 3675 Kilauea Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816.