Newly Discovered Parasitic Flatworm Named After Obama… What an honor! A Nobel Prize, and this.


Baracktrema Obamai

A new species of blood fluke was found infecting the lungs of turtles in Malaysia. This
parasitic flatworm has been dubbed Baracktrema obamai, in honor of the President of the
United States (who is the fifth cousin twice removed of one of the discovering

B. obamai is described in the August issue of the Journal of Parasitology as having a long, thread-like body. So far, it’s shown up in two freshwater turtles, the black marsh turtle (Siebenrockiella crassicollis) and southeast Asian box turtle (Cuora amboinensis).