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Parasitic isopod

Description:

Parasitic isopod

Habitat:

Marine, from thyrsites atun (barracouta) mouth.

Notes:

Approx 30mm in length, crawled out of mouth of barracouta (thyrsites atun) about 10 minutes after it was caught.

1 Species ID Suggestions

AnnaWhipkey
AnnaWhipkey 10 years ago
tongue-eating louse
Cymothoa exigua Cymothoa exigua


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6 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

A most unattractive creature by both looks and habit.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 years ago

Fascinaing ! -seen some in documentaries only . thanks for posting this -Has made me curious; will have to read-up.

BrettKelly
BrettKelly 10 years ago

I wondered the same, but I didn't think c. exigua had been found in Australia. I would guess it's some form of Cymothoa sp though.

AnnaWhipkey
AnnaWhipkey 10 years ago

Disturbing and fascinating, is this that parasites that destroys a fish's tongue and then acts as the tongue? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cymothoa_ex...

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 10 years ago

That is different!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

never seen one!

BrettKelly
Spotted by
BrettKelly

Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Jan 5, 2011
Submitted on Jan 7, 2012

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