A worm called Whitfield

December 7, 2007

A species of tapeworm, new to science, has been named after Phil Whitfield, King's College London vice-principal for students and an internationally renowned parasitologist. The parasite, Oochoristica whitfieldii , lives in the gut of black iguanas in Mexico and was discovered by a former PhD student of Professor Whitfield's. Sergio Guillen-Hernandez is now head of marine biology at the University of Yucatan in Mexico.

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