We also wrote about parasites that are infecting our furry friends including reindeer roundworms, a flea of desert rodents, echidna gut parasites, anteater parasites, and a caring, maternal bat tick.
There were a lot of parasite action under the sea too, with jellyfish parasites that provide a floating buffet for some fish, a thorny-head worm which infects krill as a way of getting itself into whales, a leech that lives on shrimps, a prickly worm that lives in the stomach of dolphins, and a story of death, sex and fish guts.
Those are just a few example of post from this year; browse through the archives for a lot more parasitological tales.
Also for the first time on this blog, Susan and I had decided to report from conferences that we had attended on our respective continents! I wrote up a series of blog posts from the Australian Society for Parasitology annual conference (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4), and Susan also wrote a few posts reporting from the American Society of Parasitology annual meeting (Part 1, Part 2).
We will be back next year to bring you more posts about the latest development in fields relating to parasitology and just like this time last year, I have already lined up a few which I am going to be writing about... See you all next year!
P.S. If you can't wait until next year for your parasite fix, I was interviewed in a Google Hangout On Air as a part of DeSTEMber - in it I talked about parasites, science, and art. You can watch the interview "Living with Body-Snatchers" here.