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EMPLOYEE OF ILIAUNI INSTITUTE OF ZOOLOGY DISCOVERS NEW SPECIES CALLED CHORDODES COLCHIS

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Nunu Kitsurashvili, employee of the Institute of Zoology of Ilia State University has discovered a new species of freshwater horsehair worms (Nematomorpha: Gordiida) called Chordodes colchis. The name of the species is related to the old name of Western Georgia, Kolkheti, where it is widespread.

Freshwater horsehair worms (Nematomorpha: Gordiida) are an ancient group; they mainly are common in multi-legged animals and sometimes may be discovered in humans as well. They are unique animals considering their structure, life cycle and reproduction characteristics. They are widespread throughout the world. Hairworm Biodiversity in Georgia has been subjected to large-scale studies for the first time by Georgian scientists. Studies are being held through applying traditional methods in cooperation with Professor Andrea Schmidt at the University of Hamburg . The work was published in high-profile scientific journal called“Zoosistematics and Evolution“(2017).

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