Parasitologists at the Museum have been studying helminths, or parasitic worms, for well over 100 years – and yielding fascinating results.
The Parasitic Worms section at the Natural History Museum curates, describes and studies parasitic helminths. These include Platyhelminthes, Nematoda, Nematomorpha and Acanthocephala.
Helminths go to great lengths to achieve often highly complex life histories, including adapting their bodies to hostile environments and switching between ecosystems to find suitable hosts. They are ubiquitous and few ecosystems are uninfected or unaffected.
It takes time and effort to learn about their biodiversity. They have a plethora of hosts, a multitude of developmental stages that often bear little resemblance from one stage to another, and most forms remain hidden in other animal guts and tissues.
Merit researcher of parasitic worms and their taxonomy