David Frederick Oetinger

SPECIALTY: Parasitology--Helminthology

ADDRESS: Department of Biology, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro, KY 42301

TELEPHONE: 270-852-3160    FAX: 270-926-3196    E-Mail:  acantho@kwc.edu




Adaptations of parasites that insure transmission to their next host. Microanatomy, development, taxonomy, and ecology of acanthocephalans.

  • Stergiou*, A. M. and D. F. Oetinger. 1997. Effects of omentectomy on ectopic Moniliformis moniliformis. 83rd Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science, November 13-15, 1997 (Morehead State University, Morehead, KY).     (*--presenter)
  • Oetinger*, D. F., R. Bassett, S. Estes, and A. M. Stergiou. 1997. Interaction between rat greater omentum and intraperitoneal Moniliformis moniliformis. 72nd Annual Meetings, American Society of Parastiologists, 24-28 June, 1997 (Nashville, TN)
  • Bassett*, Randy and D. F. Oetinger.  1996.  Interactions between rats and intraperitoneally-implanted Moniliformis moniliformis.  Southeastern Society of Parasitologists, 24-26 April, 1996 (Hancock Biological Station, Murray State University, Kentucky Lake). (*--presenter)
  • Oetinger, D. F. 1995. Ectopic Moniliformis moniliformis from a laboratory-infected rat (Rattus norvegicus). Helminthological Society of Washington 62(1): 98-102.
  • Oetinger, D. F. 1993. Ectopic Moniliformis moniliformis in its usual definitive host, Rattus norvegicus. Joint Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the American Society of Parasitologists, Atlanta, GA, 31 October-04 November, 1993.

Granulomatous reaction of rat greater omentum to eggs from ectopic
female Moniliformis moniliformis (May-Grunwald stain)


  • Oetinger, D. F. and R. L. Buckner. 1993. Morphology of the genital vestibule of         Neoechinorhynchus carinatus (Acanthocephala:Neoechinorhynchidae)  J. Parasitol. 79(6): 930-934.


Neoechinorhynchus carinatus female with copulatory cap

  • Oetinger, D. F. 1997. Altered protein composition of Lirceus lineatus (Isopoda) infected by Acanthocephalus dirus. 83rd Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science, November 13-15, 1997 (Morehead State University, Morehead, KY).
  • Oetinger, D. F. 1996. Pigments and proteins from uninfected and Acanthocephalus dirus-infected Lirceus lineatus (Isopoda), from Daviess County, Kentucky. Southeastern Society of Parasitologists, 24-26 April, 1996 (Hancock Biological Station, Murray State University, Kentucky Lake).
  • Oetinger, D. F. 1995. Effects of Acanthocephalus dirus on pigments and proteins of Lirceus lineatus. Kentucky Academy of Sciences, 17-18 November, 1996 (Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY).
  • Oetinger, D. F. 1995. Altered integumental pigmentation of the freshwater isopod, Lirceus lineatus. Joint Meeting of the Southeastern Division of the American Microscopical Society and the Association of Southeastern Biologists, 19-21 April, 1995 (Knoxville, TN).
  • Oetinger, D. F. 1990. Effects of Acanthocephalus dirus on pigmentation of Lirceus lineatus. VIIth International Congress of Parasitology, 20-24 August, 1990 (Paris, France). Oetinger, D. F. 1987. Effects of Acanthocephalus dirus (Acanthocephala) on morphometrics and reproduction of Caecidotea intermedius(Crustacea: Isopoda). Trans. Amer. Microsc. Soc. 106: 240-248.
  • Oetinger, D. F. and B. B. Nickol. 1982. Developmental relationships between acanthocephalans and altered pigmentation in freshwater isopods. J. Parasitol. 68: 463-469.
  • Oetinger, D. F. and B. B. Nickol. 1982. Spectrophotometric characterization of integumental pigments from uninfected and Acanthocephalus dirus -infected Asellus intermedius. J. Parasitol. 68: 270-275.
  • Oetinger, D. F. and B. B. Nickol. 1981. Effects of acanthocephalans on pigmentation of freshwater isopods. J. Parasitol. 67: 672-684.

Acanthocephalus dirus -infected (left) and uninfected Lirceus lineatus
from Jackson Cutoff near Bowling Green, Ohio.

TEM of Lirceus lineatus integumental pigment cell

  • Oetinger, D. F. and J. Essepian. 1990. Structural and functional relationships of proboscis hooks of the Archiacanthocephalan, Moniliformis moniliformis (Bremser, 1811). Annual Meetings of the American Microscopical Society, 26-30 December, 1990 (San Antonio, Texas).
  • Hutton, T. L. and D. F. Oetinger. 1980. Morphogenesis of the proboscis hooks of an archiacanthocephalan, Moniliformis moniliformis (Bremser 1811) Travassos 1915. J. Parasitol. 66: 965-972.

TEMs of developing Moniliformis moniliformis hooks

Toluidine blue-stained thick section showing continued connective tissue connection of M. moniliformis hook bases

  • Oetinger, D. F. 1991. Growth of the acanthocephalan, Moniliformis moniliformis (Bremser, 1811) Travassos, 1915 in the laboratory rat. Kentucky Academy of Sciences, 7-9 November, 1991 (Owensboro, KY)

  • Oetinger, D. F. and R. L. Buckner. 1976. Acanthocephalus tahlequahensis sp. n. (Acanthocephala,Echinorhynchidae) from the stippled darter, Etheostoma punctulatum (Agassiz) in northeastern Oklahoma. J. Parasitol. 62: 237-241.

Negative image of camera lucida drawing of holotype male Acanthocephalus tahlequahensis by Dr. Richard L. Buckner
  • Oetinger, D. F. and B. B. Nickol. 1974. A possible function of the fibrillar coat in Acanthocephalus jacksoni eggs. J. Parasitol. 60: 1055-1056.

Light micrograph composite of eggs of Acanthocephalus dirus showing filaments within an egg (2), being release from an egg (3), completely released from an egg (4) and entangling eggs with fecal debris (1)

  • Nickol, B. B. and D. F. Oetinger. 1968. Prosthorhynchus formosus from the short-tailed shrew (Blarina brevicauda) in New York State. J. Parasitol. 54: 456.

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