Myxozoans: Widespread Parasites Are Actually ‘Micro Jellyfish’

A new genetic study of myxozoans, a large group of parasites that infect invertebrate and aquatic vertebrate hosts, confirms that these weird microorganisms are actually ‘highly reduced’ cnidarians (jellyfish, corals, hydrozoans and sea anemones). “This is a remarkable case of extreme degeneration of an animal body plan. First, we confirmed they’re cnidarians. Now we need [...] —> Read More