Etiology: Dentostomella translucida (gerbil pinworm) is a nematode endoparasite infecting gerbils.
Incidence: Infection with Dentostomella translucida is uncommon.
Transmission: Transmission occurs by ingestion of infective ova.
Distribution: Upper small intestine.
Clinical Signs: Clinical signs are not usually observed.
Antemortem: Fecal flotation for ova.
Postmortem: Direct examination of the small intestine for adult forms.
Female: 9 – 31 mm long.
Male: 6 – 13 mm long. Tail has a large fan-shaped bursa and prominent spicule.
Ova: 115-140 µm, asymmetrically ovoid (crescent-shaped) with a thin shell and morulated embryo.
Adult gerbil pinworm Dentostomella translucida (A.). Dentostomella ova (B.)