Saturday, October 27, 2007

Parasite Tongue

Icthyoid Alien

Posted by Ross Rosenberg

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Cymothoa exigua is a parasitic crustacean like no other, as it does not just live in its host but actually replaces part of the it. First it attaches itself at the base of the tongue of the chosen fish, with the claws on its front three pairs of legs, and begins to extract blood. As the parasite grows, less and less blood is able to reach the tongue, and eventually the organ atrophies and dies, at which time the parasite attaches to the muscles of the tongue stub replacing the tongue with its own body. The fish is able to use the parasite as a fully functional tongue and the parasite survives on food particles, relieving the stress on the host’s appropriated circulatory system.

This is cool... courtesy of ectomo.com

2 comments:

Jeronimo Pan said...

Dear Johnny,
we visited your blog and found it quite interesting. However we don't think this news is to be deemed as "cool".
Regards

chammy said...

it took me some seconds to recognize that, whew, haha. i think your blog is interesting, can you link me up if i link you to my blog? we share same topics on our blog, thanks :)