Friday, August 12, 2016
The life of a parasite: Australia’s most unloved animals
Hitching a ride with our kangaroos, platypuses and koalas is the biodiversity you don’t normally see: parasitic worms, or helminths.
The flukes, tapeworms, roundworms and thorny-headed worms of our native vertebrates lead fascinating lives.
Some species have evolved a horrific method of hatching, known to biologists as matricidal endotoky, or matricidal hatching. In some species, eggs hatch inside the mother worm and develop to third-stage larvae before bursting from her head, killing her. This is an excellent way for a mother worm to ensure that her offspring reinfect the host in which she lives, but means having children is a once in a lifetime opportunity...https://blog.csiro.au/australias-most-unloved-animals/