"So, naturalists observe, a flea has smaller fleas that on him prey; and these have smaller still to bite ’em; and so proceed ad infinitum."
- Jonathan Swift

July 31, 2010

July 31 - Gongylonema peromysci

To a parasite, the vertebrate body is a vast array of habitats waiting to be invaded. And like other animals, most helminths have adapted to a specific niche and are only found in one organ or even one tissue within an organ. Nematodes of the genus Gongylonema live in sinuous tunnels in the wall of the anterior stomach and esophagus of birds and mammals and, when present in large numbers, can cause serious pathology. This spirurid genus is characterized by having wart-like growths on the cuticle of the anterior end. This species uses deer mice as its hosts.

Contributed by Mike Kinsella.

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