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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-09-2012, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Angry The fish tongue-eating louse

The beast has a face!

"It is currently believed that C. exigua are not harmful to humans unless picked up alive, in which case they can bite"

Who bites ? The fish or the beast?

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What a nasty looking bugger....

That critter looks like a pillbug with sharp fangs for arms/claws.
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The fish is able to use the parasite just like a normal tongue. It appears that the parasite does not cause any other damage to the host fish.[2] Once C. exigua replaces the tongue, some feed on the host's blood and many others feed on fish mucus. This is the only known case of a parasite functionally replacing a host organ
Ewwwwww. But very cool.


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Ugh poor fish

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-09-2012, 09:52 PM
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That is horrific

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-10-2012, 03:35 AM
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That's lousy!
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It's an interesting symbiotic relationship. Bug acts as tongue, both get fed.

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-10-2012, 06:45 AM
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Ew that's super gross.... poor fish has no real way of getting it either.

I'm glad us humans have hands!
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-10-2012, 10:16 AM
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it's super gross. first time heard about this louse from the movie "The bay"
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-11-2012, 12:25 AM
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I believe there is a movie that has a picture like that. Its called the Bay.

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