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Nematomorphs


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The life cycle of freshwater nematomorphs culminates in a burst of worms from their host body, equaling half of the host's body weight
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Danger to pets or humans


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Although nematomorphs have often been found in close proximity, and even living in humans, they are not parasites of any vertebrate animal
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Where to find worms


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Can you find these worms in your back yard? Indeed! Many people have reported these worms from inside their own homes
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Diversity


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Currently we cannot provide a proper guess at the number of nematomorphs on earth
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Why study these worms?


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Would you study a small group of non-human parasites?  We do! And there are a lot of good reasons
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Copyright 2014 Ben Hanelt, Matt Bolek, and Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa
Updated: July 2014