Invasive parasite of Darwin’s finches

Philornis downsi

Image: Adult male Philornis downsi from Bulgarella et al. (2015) 

My lab mates are doing some great work with the fly Philornis downsi, and getting some press too! Nice work Mariana et al. :)

It’s quite a terrible situation that this accidentally introduced parasitic fly is threatening to kill off bird species endemic to the Galapagos. Any human caused extinction is sad, but the cultural value of Darwin’s finches would make these losses especially tragic. Fortunately, there are some very smart people working on the problem and working towards solutions.

 

 

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