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sapphoqueen 11-09-2012 07:01 PM

The fish tongue-eating louse
 
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mc...iqhdo1_400.jpg

:( The beast has a face!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cymothoa_exigua

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

Who bites ? :icon_roll The fish or the beast?:icon_evil

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...63193759_n.jpg

MSG 11-09-2012 07:17 PM

What a nasty looking bugger....
 
That critter looks like a pillbug with sharp fangs for arms/claws.

Darkblade48 11-09-2012 08:39 PM

Quote:

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.

angelsword 11-09-2012 08:45 PM

Ugh poor fish

kylehca 11-09-2012 08:52 PM

That is horrific

sent from my iphone killer

wendyjo 11-10-2012 02:35 AM

That's lousy!

ValMM 11-10-2012 03:44 AM

It's an interesting symbiotic relationship. Bug acts as tongue, both get fed.

Senior Shrimpo 11-10-2012 05:45 AM

Ew that's super gross.... poor fish has no real way of getting it either.

I'm glad us humans have hands!

oliver77 11-10-2012 09:16 AM

it's super gross. first time heard about this louse from the movie "The bay"

dougolasjr 11-10-2012 11:25 PM

I believe there is a movie that has a picture like that. Its called the Bay.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...%28film%29.jpg


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