Newly Identified Parasite Named in Honor of UCSB Professor

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Members of UCSB parasitologist Armand Kuris' research team described and named a new myxozoan parasite that infects fish bladders after Kuris. The parasite, a tiny water-dwelling animal that’s a relative of jellyfish and anemone, is called Chloromyxum kurisi. Biologist Alejandra Jaramillo, who was working with U.S. Geological Survey/UCSB ecologist Kevin Lafferty, found the parasite at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh during a study of the wetland habitat as part of an ongoing effort to understand the role of parasites in ecosystems. 

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015