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“ Meet the 'vampire' parasite that masquerades as a living tongue “
Posted by: btfc
Date: August 13, 2020 03:27PM
‘ When scientists recently X-rayed a fish's head, they found a gruesome stowaway: A "vampire" crustacean had devoured, then replaced, its host's tongue.

The buglike isopod, also called a tongue biter or tongue-eating louse, keeps sucking its blood meals from a fish's tongue until the entire structure withers away. Then the true horror begins, as the parasite assumes the organ's place in the still-living fish's mouth. ‘

‘ There are about 380 species of tongue-eating isopods, and most target a specific fish species as their host, according to the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa. This type of isopod enters a fish's body through the gills, latches onto the tongue and begins to feed, releasing an anti-coagulant to keep the blood flowing. The parasite grips the base of the tongue tightly with its seven pairs of legs, reducing the blood supply so that the organ eventually atrophies and drops off, according to the Australian Museum.

From that point on, the isopod's body serves as a functional tongue for the fish, while the tongue biter continues feeding on the fish's mucus, according to Rice University's Coral Reefs Blog. ‘





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Re: “ Meet the 'vampire' parasite that masquerades as a living tongue “
Posted by: timg
Date: August 13, 2020 03:52PM
Well, that is by far the most disgusting thing I've read today ...



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Re: “ Meet the 'vampire' parasite that masquerades as a living tongue “
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: August 13, 2020 04:42PM
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Well, that is by far the most disgusting thing I've read today ...

Hmm... I could probably say the same except change today with this week.



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Re: “ Meet the 'vampire' parasite that masquerades as a living tongue “
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: August 13, 2020 06:03PM
Well you can kiss that tongue goodbye.



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Re: “ Meet the 'vampire' parasite that masquerades as a living tongue “
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: August 13, 2020 06:17PM
This news article has successfully filled my weekly gross-but-cool quota.

What, don't you have that quota as well? Great, I've been swindled...
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Re: “ Meet the 'vampire' parasite that masquerades as a living tongue “
Posted by: Don C
Date: August 13, 2020 09:35PM
That will probably now be the image in my head at my typical 3:00 AM awakening. It's hard enough to get back to sleep without that image!
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Re: “ Meet the 'vampire' parasite that masquerades as a living tongue “
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: August 14, 2020 12:23PM
I think this is the source for one aspect of Charles Stross’s science fiction.
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