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This parasite can eat the tongue of a fish and then take its place – ZME Science

Better watch out if you are a fish or you could lose your tongue



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Rice University biologist Kory Evans started his Monday like any other day, expecting it to be largely uneventful. He was wrong.
His day was about to change when he started scanning the head of a fish, which is not uncommon in his work. But what was uncommon what was inside the fish’s head. A crustacean had eaten and replaced the tongue of the fish.
Credit Kory Evans
The crustacean in case is an isopod, also known as tongue biter or tongue-eating louse, and it sucked the blood from th…

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