Development of a Potentially Undescribed Flatworm Species

Johnny Farnen identified an interesting flatworm (Phylum: Platyhelminthes) in a WormDrawingtemporary pond near the Missouri River (see drawing, courtesy of JF).  Some of our preliminary collaborative work has suggested this is a previously undiscovered species.  We have developed ways to culture this worm in the lab in order to study it further.  In our culturing experiments, we have observed very interesting behavior and developmental processes in this species.  Our current research projects involve describing this new species and using RNA sequencing, molecular probing, and genetic manipulations to study the development and behavior of this interesting organism.

Contact Tyler Moore if you are interested in learning more.

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