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Tongue-Eating Bug Found in Fish

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  • Tongue-Eating Bug Found in Fish

    It's a strange world, kids.



    Originally posted by news.bbc.co.uk
    A gross creature which gobbles up a fish's tongue and then replaces it with its own body has been found in Britain for the first time.

    The bug - which has the scientific name cymothoa exigua - was discovered inside the mouth of a red snapper bought from a London fishmonger.

    The 3.5cm creature had grabbed onto the fish's tongue and slowly ate away at it until only a stub was left.

    It then latched onto the stub and became the fish's "replacement tongue".
    SOURCE: http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/ne...00/4209004.stm

    Thankfully, it seems to only like fish tongues.
    "Wounds are all I'm made of. Did I hear you say that this is victory?"
    --Michael Moorcock, Veteran of the Psychic Wars

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    All together now:

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    \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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    • #3
      Oh, man! Do sharks get them? It's not in my Gastroenteric Parasites of Teleosts, even though it is. Nasty little bugger.

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      • #4
        Re: Tongue-Eating Bug Found in Fish

        Originally posted by PsychicWarVeteran
        ...


        Thankfully, it seems to only like fish tongues.

        Hmmmm, I don't know ....!
        I can think of a handful of politicians that I now wish were fish!
        Google ergo sum

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        • #5
          More info:

          "Cymothoa exigua, a crustacean, is the only known parasite that effectively replaces a body organ. It makes its home in the mouth of a fish, where it drains blood from the tongue until it withers and dies. It attaches itself to the remaining stub and the fish is actually able to utilize it as a replacement tongue to draw in and manipulate food, which the parasite shares."


          http://www.bogleech.com/bio-para.html

          Does that help at all, Perdix? :)

          Originally posted by LEtranger
          Originally posted by PsychicWarVeteran
          ...Thankfully, it seems to only like fish tongues.
          I can think of a handful of politicians that I now wish were fish!
          :lol: Agreed!
          "Wounds are all I'm made of. Did I hear you say that this is victory?"
          --Michael Moorcock, Veteran of the Psychic Wars

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          • #6
            :yuck:

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            • #7
              That is pretty strange. Does anyone remember a fews years ago when Japanese fishermen caught a large creature that looked like a dinosaur in their net? What was that thing? I never heard any more about it. Every once in awhile sombody will find a fish that they thought was extinct.

              Speaking of strange aquatic creatures, what happened to those fish that could walk on land and were a danger to the environment?

              "With a deep, not-unhappy sigh, Elric prepared to do battle with an army." (Red Pearls)
              - Michael Moorcock

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              • #8
                I don't know if he has gills, but you aren't incidently speaking of Arnold Schwarzenegger?

                Just couldn't resist ...
                Google ergo sum

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                • #9
                  That is weird...sick and weird. That could be out of an episode of the Outer Limits if it did that to humans.

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                  • #10
                    8O

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