Hair worms

Phylum Nematomorpha Number of families 2

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Parasitic worms as juveniles in marine or terrestrial arthropods, free-living as adults

Photo: Paragordius varius worms emerging from Gryllus firmus cricket. The worms are undergoing the transition from a parasitic life cycle within the host, to a free-living one. (Photo by Ben Hanelt. Reproduced by permission.)

Phylum Nematomorpha Number of families 2

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Parasitic worms as juveniles in marine or terrestrial arthropods, free-living as adults

Photo: Paragordius varius worms emerging from Gryllus firmus cricket. The worms are undergoing the transition from a parasitic life cycle within the host, to a free-living one. (Photo by Ben Hanelt. Reproduced by permission.)

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