IMAGES: Parasite Portfolio

Science  10 Dec 2004:
Vol. 306, Issue 5703, pp. 1871
DOI: 10.1126/science.306.5703.1871a

The fluke Notocotylus notocotylus lurks in the guts of rodents, pilfering its host's nutrients, whereas the tapeworm Lacistorhynchus tenuis latches onto a shark's intestine for its dinner. You can meet them and scores more body invaders at Parasites and Parasitological Resources, created by biologist Peter Pappas of Ohio State University in Columbus.

The atlas displays 550-odd images of more than 180 species, from bedbugs to flesh-boring worms, and offers tidbits on the creatures' habits. You can learn the details of parasite anatomy by studying the collection of labeled photos and drawings. The site also maps out the life cycles of more than 50 species, including medically important parasites such as the protozoan that causes African sleeping sickness and ecologically intriguing examples such as Notocotylus.∼parasite/home.html

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