Parasites help brine shrimp survive toxic waters

magnified image of brine shrimp tissue

The tissue of brine shrimp turns red, from an increase in carotenoid pigments, when they are infected with parasitic tapeworms. The parasites also boost the brine shrimp’s ability to survive toxic and warm waters, a new study finds.

Sample provided by Marta Sánchez; photography by Javier Díaz Real (CC-BY)

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