Dr. Florian Reyda, Associate Professor and Researcher, Biology Department and Biological Field Station, recently published a chapter entitled “Rhinebothriidea” in a book entitled, “Planetary Biodiversity Inventory (2008-2017): Tapeworms from Vertebrate Bowels of the Earth. ” It was published by The University of Kansas Museum of Natural History.
In this chapter, Reyda and two coauthors, Ruhnke and Marques, summarize the knowledge of the tapeworm order (major grouping) Rhinebothriidea. This group of tapeworms parasitize elasmobranchs, stingrays and skates in particular. Each chapter in the book focuses on a different group of tapeworms, and highlights the major advancements that were made as part of a National Science Foundation grant that serves as the title of the book. Reyda, who was a collaborator on that grant, involved many students in tapeworm research here at SUNY Oneonta since 2008. This book is intended to serve as a reference for anyone—experts and non-experts alike—interested in tapeworms, a major group of parasitic flatworms consisting of nearly 6,000 species.