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Jaws of Hirudinaria bpling (Hirudinea: Hirudinidae)

Jaws of Hirudinaria bpling (Hirudinea: Hirudinidae)

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Anna J. PhillipsResearch Zoologist

  • Phone: 202-633-1771
  • Fax: 202-633-0182
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  • Mailing Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    PO Box 37012, MRC 163
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

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    Smithsonian Institution
    National Museum of Natural History
    10th and Constitution Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20560-0163

    Responsibilities: Research Zoologist, Curator of Clitellata and Cestoda

    Ph.D., The City University of New York, 2011
    B.S. (University Honors), Appalachian State University, 2006

    Research Interests: Systematics, taxonomy, and evolution of parasitic worms, with emphasis on leeches and bird tapeworms

    Recent Publications:
    Phillips, Anna J. 2018. Introduction of ASP President 2017 - 2018, Dr. Susan Perkins. The Journal of parasitology, doi:10.1645/18-145

    Bell, Kayce C., Carlson, Colin J. and Phillips, Anna J. 2018. Parasite Collections: Overlooked Resources for Integrative Research and Conservation. Trends in parasitology, 34(8): 637-639. doi:10.1016/

    Cizauskas, Carrie A., Carlson, Colin J., Burgio, Kevin R., Clements, Chris F., Dougherty, Eric R., Harris, Nyeema C. and Phillips, Anna J. 2017. Parasite vulnerability to climate change: an evidence-based functional trait approach. Royal Society Open Science, 4(1): 160535 doi:10.1098/rsos.160535

    Carlson, Colin J., Burgio, Kevin R., Dougherty, Eric R., Phillips, Anna J., Bueno, Veronica M., Clements, Christopher F., Castaldo, Giovanni, Dallas, Tad A., Cizauskas, Carrie A., Cumming, Graeme S., Doña, Jorge, Harris, Nyeema C., Jovani, Roger, Mironov, Sergey, Muellerklein, Oliver C., Proctor, Heather C. and Getz, Wayne M. 2017. Parasite biodiversity faces extinction and redistribution in a changing climate. Science Advances, 3(9) doi:10.1126/sciadv.1602422

    Dheilly, Nolwenn M., Bolnick, Daniel, Bordenstein, Seth, Brindley, Paul J., Figuères, Cédric, Holmes, Edward C., Martínez Martínez, Joaquín, Phillips, Anna J., Poulin, Robert and Rosario, Karyna 2017. Parasite Microbiome Project: Systematic Investigation of Microbiome Dynamics within and across Parasite-Host Interactions. mSystems, 2(4) doi:10.1128/mSystems.00050-17

    Moser, William E., Richardson, Dennis J., Hammond, Charlotte I., Lazo-Wasem, Eric A. and Phillips, Anna J. 2017. Redescription and Molecular Characterization of Placobdella nuchalis Sawyer and Shelley, 1976 (Hirudinida: Glossiphoniidae). Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History, 58(2): 311-316. doi:10.3374/014.058.0204

    Salas-Montiel, Ricardo, Phillips, Anna J., Contreras-Mirón, Samantha and Oceguera-Figueroa, Alejandro 2017. Prevalence, Abundance, and Intensity of Implanted Spermatophores in the Leech Haementeria officinalis (Glossiphoniidae: Hirudinida) from Guanajuato, Mexico. The Journal of Parasitology, 103(1): 47-51. doi:10.1645/16-56

    Mariaux, J., Tkach, V. V., Vasileva, G. P., Waeschenbach, A., Beveridge, I., Dimitrova, Y., Haukisalmi, V., Greiman, S. E., Littlewood, D. T., Makarikov, A. A., Phillips, A. J. and R. 2017. Cyclophyllidea. In: Caira, J. N. and Jensen, K., Planetary Biodiversity Inventory (PBI): Tapeworms from vertebrate bowels of the earth (2008 - 2016). : University of Kansas Natural History Museum Special Publication No. 25,() pp.77-148.

    Curran, Stephen S., Phillips, Anna J., Overstreet, Robin M., Benz, George W. and Henningsen, Alan D. 2016. Austrobdella cairae n. sp., an Oioxenous Marine Leech (Clitellata: Piscicolidae) from the Banded Guitarfish, Zapteryx exasperata, in the Northeastern Pacific Ocean. The Journal of Parasitology, 102(2): 179-186. doi:10.1645/15-829

    Cook, Joseph A., Greiman, Stephen E., Agosta, Salvatore J., Anderson, Robert P., Arbogast, Brian S., Baker, Robert J., Boeger, Walter, Bradley, Robert D., Brooks, Daniel R., Cole, Rebecca, Demboski, John R., Dobson, Andrew P., Dunnum, Jonathan L., Eckerlin, Ralph P., Esselstyn, Jacob, Galbreath, Kurt E., Hawdon, John, Hoekstra, Hopi E., Kutz, Susan J., Light, Jessica E., Olson, Link E., Patterson, Bruce D., Patton, James L., Phillips, Anna J., Rickart, Eric, et al 2016. Transformational Principles for NEON Sampling of Mammalian Parasites and Pathogens: A Response to Springer and Colleagues. Bioscience, 66(11): 917-919. doi:10.1093/biosci/biw123

    Phillips, Anna J., Salas-Montiel, Ricardo and Oceguera-Figueroa, Alejandro 2016. Distribution of the New England Medicinal Leech, Macrobdella sestertia Whitman, 1886 and redeterminations of specimens of Macrobdella (Annelida: Clitellata: Macrobdellidae) at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, : 103-113. doi:10.2988/0006-324X-129.Q2.103

    Moser, William E., Govedich, F. R., Oceguera-Figueroa, A., Richardson, D. J. and Phillips, A. J. 2016. Annelida, Subclass Hirudinida. In: Thorp, James H. and Rogers, D. Christopher, Keys to Nearctic Fauna: Volume II, Thorp and Covich's Freshwater Invertebrates. Amsterdam: Academic Press, pp.244-259.

    Phillips, Anna J., Oceguera Figueroa, Alejandro, Flores, Gisela M., Armenta, Jossué J. and Montiel, Ricardo S. 2014. Entonces tú eres acaso el conocedor de la sanguijuela? [Then you are perhaps a leech expert?]. Revista Digital Universitaria, 15(4): 1607-6079.

    Phillips, Anna J., Georgiev, Boyko B., Waesehenbach, Andrea and Mariaux, Jean 2014. Two new and two redescribed species of Anonchotaenia (Cestoda: Paruterinidae) from South American birds. Folia Parasitologica, 61(5): 441-461. doi:10.14411/fp.2014.058

    Hoberg, Eric P. and Phillips, Anna J. 2014. Transfer of the US-National Parasite Collection. Folia Parasitologica, 61(4): 370

    Salas-Montiel, Ricardo, Phillips, Anna J., De Leon, Gerardo Perez-Ponce and Oceguera-Figueroa, Alejandro 2014. Description of a new leech species of Helobdella (Clitellata: Glossiphoniidae) from Mexico with a review of Mexican congeners and a taxonomic key. Zootaxa, 3900(1): 77 doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3900.1.4

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