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   Undertoad  Wednesday Sep 28 12:36 PM

9/28/2005: Tongue-eating parasite



Shame on the BBC for its painfully small images.

Anyway, Mother Nature is a BITCH. One of the things she really goes gross on is parasites. I hate parasites but this one must be the worst.



This bug sucks the blood out of the tongue of a particular fish, until the tongue withers and dies and the bug actually replaces it. The bug attaches itself to the remaining stub and just sits there and gets a portion of everything the fish consumes.

Ew, foul!




BigV  Wednesday Sep 28 01:20 PM

Works just like credit cards.

Ew, foul! Quotha!

(who says UG is good for nothing?)



Elspode  Wednesday Sep 28 01:28 PM

Reminds me of teenagers...



wolf  Wednesday Sep 28 01:35 PM

So wait, did the host-fish eat at Taco Bell?



barefoot serpent  Wednesday Sep 28 03:45 PM

Fish need the IRS too.



gerstle  Wednesday Sep 28 05:07 PM

sometimes i think my tongue might be controlled by someone (something?) else, but let's not talk about that.



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Sep 28 05:22 PM




capnhowdy  Wednesday Sep 28 06:02 PM

If it would render one speechless I'd plant on in my girlfriend's mouth tonight. Maybe it could skim enough food to create a reduction in weight, also.



Happy Monkey  Wednesday Sep 28 06:11 PM

Thrakorzog....

(I can never find the appropriate picture...)



Cyclefrance  Wednesday Sep 28 06:59 PM

Wonder if these fish French kiss - if so, do the two parasites also get into some tonsil-tickling too? Maybe the tongue parasites have tongue parasites of their own in their mouths as well, who have parasites inside their's and so on and so on.....

Oh, well, just a thought....



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Sep 28 08:11 PM

Uh....lay off that French wine for a bit.



richlevy  Wednesday Sep 28 08:36 PM

Well, if that sucker ever tried that with me, I've got 10 bottles of hot sauce and 5 cans of chili waiting for him. After that, I'd dangle an antacid just out of reach and see if he jumps.



footfootfoot  Wednesday Sep 28 10:03 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigV
Works just like credit cards.
hahahahaha

I love it.

hahahahahaha


Kittiew0k  Wednesday Sep 28 11:37 PM

Awwww dude! I had a mouthful of spaghetti as I opened this page!

Haha I should really read the thread titles thoroughly :p



Sun_Sparkz  Thursday Sep 29 12:04 AM

that poor fish looks like more than just its tounge has decayed.. the entire side of his face looks to be rotting away..

or its just a really ugly fish.

I wonder if its painful or just like a mossie bite with natural anesthetics?



glatt  Thursday Sep 29 08:44 AM

Anyone else wonder how this symbiotic relationship first started? How does the bug get into the mouth of this one fish? How does it reproduce? And the article doesn't come out an say how the two share food. Does the fish eat the food, and the bug "shares" it by continuing to suck the blood out of the tongue stump? Or does the bug go from being a blood sucker to being a food chewer? If it's a bug, like an insect, is this its adult form, or larval? Or is it a crustacean?

So many questions...



BigV  Thursday Sep 29 11:23 AM

I imagine it started something like this:



Successful symbiotic relationships involve a benefit for both parties. I can see the upside for the tongue biter, but for the other fish? I'm not so sure.

Just checked. My intuition was not correct.

Quote:
Definition:
Symbiosis is a close ecological relationship between the individuals of two (or more) different species. Sometimes a symbiotic relationship benefits both species, sometimes one species benefits at the other's expense, and in other cases neither species benefits.

Ecologists use a different term for each type of symbiotic relationship:

Mutualism
-- both species benefit
Commensalism
-- one species benefits, the other is unaffected
Parasitism
-- one species benefits, the other is harmed
Competition
-- neither species benefits
Neutralism
-- both species are unaffected
Hmm. Learn something every day.


Leus  Thursday Sep 29 11:30 AM




xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Sep 29 06:44 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt
Anyone else wonder how this symbiotic relationship first started? How does the bug get into the mouth of this one fish? How does it reproduce? And the article doesn't come out an say how the two share food. Does the fish eat the food, and the bug "shares" it by continuing to suck the blood out of the tongue stump? Or does the bug go from being a blood sucker to being a food chewer? If it's a bug, like an insect, is this its adult form, or larval? Or is it a crustacean?

So many questions...
It came in through the bathroom window......I mean the gills. A little more info here.


glatt  Friday Sep 30 08:37 AM

Cool! Thanks, Bruce.



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