The Tongue Eating Louse is a gross parasite living in a fish’s mouth

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Further reading: Wikipedia

  • xdvx
  • September 9, 2009, 5:43 am
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    Big post from Wikipedia but I thought it would shed a little more light on this bad boy

    "This parasite enters through the gills, and then attaches itself at the base of the spotted rose snapper's (Lutjanus guttatus) tongue. It then proceeds to extract blood through the claws on its front and less blood reaches the tongue, and eventually the organ atrophies from lack of blood. The parasite then replaces the fish's tongue by attaching its own body to the muscles of the tongue stub. The fish is able to use the parasite just like a normal tongue. It appears that the parasite does not cause any other damage to the host fish. Once C. exigua replaces the tongue, some feed on the host's blood and many others feed on fish mucus. This is the only known case of a parasite functionally replacing a host organ. It is currently believed that C. exigua are not harmful to humans unless picked up alive, in which case they can bite."

    - CrazyJay October 20, 2010, 11:44 am
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    cymothoa exigua 06 The Tongue Eating Louse is a gross parasite living in a fishs mouth s640x835 21519

    • Dannyl
    • October 4, 2010, 10:25 am
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    It's like:
    alien from the movie

    • Naugron
    • October 4, 2010, 10:21 am
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    That's a very nice tongue you have there...

    • Luke8D
    • October 16, 2011, 1:02 pm
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    Gross!

    • Math
    • September 9, 2009, 1:40 pm
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    biggest parasites i have ever seen

    • Spasm
    • September 10, 2009, 3:12 am
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    I was eating my lunch.. lol
    Nasty.

    • SuDoku
    • September 10, 2009, 4:06 am
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    dude that's sick

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    I'm gonna go to the bathroom and hurl now...

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    OMG ---- What waters are they native to ?

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    digsting

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    oh wow...basically like a painful blowjob...but on your tongue...lol

    • md2297
    • September 11, 2009, 7:37 am
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    wtf!!!

    • suckots
    • September 11, 2009, 12:25 pm
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    the big one cant be real it looks like some sort of shell fish like lobster

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    Off the coast of California :0

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    Very informitive post!

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    So what type of fish would the really big one come from? sheesh!!

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    That sends shivers down my spine

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    I don't care how gross it it. I think it's fucking awesome. =D

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    i can see how this can be very therapeutic for some people with foul tongues.

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    • January 3, 2012, 8:11 am
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