Watch the video to see myxozoan parasites wriggling around inside a bryozoan.
Host-parasite interactions are usually understood by looking at traditional systems, such as the malaria parasite infecting animal hosts. However, colonial animals such as bryozoans present a different model.
Bryozoans offer endoparasites a potentially unlimited, genetically homogenous resource to exploit.
We are examining how myxozoans have evolved to parasitise colonial hosts by considering the evolutionary history of the exploiter and exploited.
A parasite that lives inside another organism, known as the host. Myxozoa are endoparasites.