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Cymothoa exigua - weird parasite (16 pics)

Pics | 10 Sep, 2009 | Views: 10355 |  +4   |  

Cymothoa exigua (Tongue eating lous) attaches itself to a fish's tongue.
It starts to suck blood through the claws on its front legs.
As it grows, less blood can reach the tongue and it atrophies.
That's when the parasite replaces the tongue attaching his body to the muscles.
The fish uses it like a normal tongue.


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№1 Author: just_me (10 Sep 2009 05:20) Total user comments: 144


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OMFG!!!!! 02
№2 Author: ash666 (10 Sep 2009 08:45) Total user comments: 1856


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oh my god
№3 Author: salsapopo (10 Sep 2009 10:43) Total user comments: 12713


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yuk

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№4 Author: unknownj (10 Sep 2009 12:27) Total user comments: 427


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eeeeeeeww why in the world would i want to know that?!!
there are so many wonders in the seas yet not discovered...(now i know why) 18
№5 Author: theothersqueeze (10 Sep 2009 23:48) Total user comments: 42


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№6 Author: parodysrivas (18 Oct 2009 20:29) Total user comments: 934


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I'll be right back... I gotta go and throw up...
№7 Author: boredom (11 Jan 2010 18:39) Total user comments: 144


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and you touch that with your hands???? i am talking to the hand s owner in those pictures
№8 Author: dammit (1 Apr 2010 12:00) Total user comments: 0


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I used to gut & cook my own fish since I moved to Tokyo (mainly horse mackerel). They sell fresh for about $0.80 cents! The last 3 that I gutted had a nice fatty little parasite which you can see above in their gills (never thought to look at their tongues)... Since the 3rd one in a row from different stores over 4 months was infected, I haven't eaten fish at home again... :( dammit!
№9 Author: 2fuzzy (18 Oct 2010 17:08) Total user comments: 10400


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