The "Faces" of Parasites

Parasites of sharks and rays are on display along with large scale colorized electron microsope images to show parasite morphology (characteristics) in a dramatic manner. All specimens in the exhibit are part of a research project by KU Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, Dr. Kirsten Jensen. Jensen studies the host associations and geographic distributions of parasites in marine ecosystems – especially the tapeworms of sharks and stingrays.

About the Exhibit

  • 6th Floor

parasite 1, pink with yellow tip
parasite 2, blueish grey with yellow "spikes"
parasite 3, grey at purple with holes