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This is cool and gross at the same time.

My mind boggles at the sheer diversity and persistence of Life. These narrow niches which it finds to survive in. The audacious perversity of its solutions.

Nature is truly marvelous.

Cymothoa exigua is a parasitic crustacean like no other, as it does not just live in its host but actually replaces part of it.

First it attaches itself at the base of the tongue of the chosen fish, with the claws on its front three pairs of legs, and begins to extract blood. As the parasite grows, less and less blood is able to reach the tongue, and eventually the organ atrophies and dies, at which time the parasite attaches to the muscles of the tongue stub replacing the tongue with its own body

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Icthyoid Alien

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3 Comments

    • A Friend
    • Posted November 8, 2007 at 3:56 pm
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    That is sick…..but then, its also very smart. People also tend to do that sometimes.

    • mtalib
    • Posted November 10, 2007 at 11:23 am
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    People as parasites that feel entitled to replace your tongue and speak on your behalf? We all know people like that I’m sure….

  1. If I were to replace someone’s tongue it would be a rich food lover who regularly dines in fine restaurants like El Bulli. It’s about getting all the flavour but none of the fat. Who cares about words?


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