Dioctophyma renale is a large roundworm that can reach up to 40 cm in length. It is found in the kidneys of mammals, including humans, and is characterized by its long, slender body and a single anterior sucker. Its habitat is typically freshwater, and its lifespan is estimated to be between 1-2 years. The current population of Dioctophyma renale is unknown.
Name Origin: The organism's name is derived from the Greek words 'di' meaning two, 'octo' meaning eight, and 'phymos' meaning growth. This is in reference to the two large lateral outgrowths of the body of the organism, which are eight times the size of the body. The species name 'renale' is derived from the Latin word 'renalis' meaning kidney, which is in reference to the kidney-shaped body of the organism.
Related Species: Dioctophyme vittatum, Dioctophyme crassum, Dioctophyme hamiltoni