"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."
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December 2, 2010

December 2 - Myleusnema bicornis

Myleusnema bicornis is a species of parasitic nematode belonging to the family Kathlaniidae which is found in the intestine of a small herbivorous freshwater fish call Pacoucine (Myleus ternetzi). This nematode has a few morphology features which are rather unusual. Firstly, while most nematodes have a relatively straightforward-looking anterior end, M. bicornis has a separate, narrow cephalic region that can be extended or retracted (see photo), superficially resembling the proboscis of acanthocephalans such as Profilicollis altmani and Echinorhynchus salmonis. Additionally, male M. bicornis worms have a pair of postcloacal horns located at the posterior end, a feature that is absent in all other species of nematode in the kathlaniid family.

Source: Moravec, F. and Thatcher, V.E. 1996. Myleusnema bicornis gen. et sp. n. (Nematoda: Kathlaniidae), an intestinal parasite of a freshwater serrasalmid fish, Myleus ternetzi, from French Guiana. Folia Parasitologica 43:53-59.

Contributed by Tommy Leung.

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