Kiricephalus

Kiricephalus

a genus of pentastomid parasites of colubrid snakes.
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Kiricephalus coarctatus Sambon, 1910 associated with Dryadophis bifossatus Raddi, 1820, Aporophislineatus Boulenger, 1894, Herpetodryas carinatus Linnaeus, 1758 and Coluber corais Boulenger, 1894; Porocephalus crotali Humboldt, 1808 associated with Crotalusdurissus terrificus; and Sebekia oxycephala Diesing, 1835 (Almeida et al.
Kiricephalus coarctatus (Pentastomida, tongue worm) is known to utilize snakes as both second intermediate and definitive hosts throughout Central and North America (Riley & Self 1980).
A total of 10 specimens were collected, preserved in 70% ethanol, and later identified as mature adult Kiricephalus coarctatus.
Kiricephalus coarctatus exhibits a prominent sexual dimorphism: males 30-35 mm in length, females 81-114 mm in length (Riley & Self 1980); males 13-47 mm lengths, females 55-76 mm lengths (Detterline et al.
Hatching, locomotion, and migration notes on the primary larva of Kiricephalus coarctatus (Diesing 1850) Sambon 1922 (Pentastomida: Porocephalidae).
In Brazil, only four species of pentastomids have been reported until now, as snake parasites: Cephalobaena tetrapoda Heymons, 1922; Kiricephalus coarctatus (Diesing, 1850); Porocephalus crotali (Humboldt, 1808) and Raillietiella furcocerca (Diesing, 1863).