Monday, September 12, 2005

Is that your tongue in your mouth?

(First link is now correct)

The BBC is reporting parasitic louse found in a red snapper in Britain. Cymothoa Exigua drains blood from the fish's tongue and then takes up residence inside the mouth. It seems to even be a functional replacement for the tongue.
A nice picture is here.

The beeb quotes a scientist as being very excited by the find, but I spent 30 seconds on google and found references going back to the late 80s...An entry from early this year is at Stranger Fruit

Other lovely hitchhikers are described here.

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