vdinets (vdinets) wrote,
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Aaaaaa...



За почти сорок лет занятий зоологией я всякого насмотрелся, но все равно периодически попадается такое...

Ракообразное Cymothoa exigua - паразит рыб. Проникнув рыбе в рот через жабры, онo присасывается к основанию языка и с помощью полых когтей пьет кровь из снабжающих язык кровью сосудов, пока язык не отсохнет. После этого паразит прикрепляется к мышцам языка и заменяет собой отсохший язык, полностью взяв на себя его функции. Рыба, по-видимому, не испытывает от замены своего органа паразитом особых неудобств. Статья в Вики (фотки оттуда же).

In almost forty years of studying zoology I've seen pretty much everything, but I still regularly encounter unimaginable things...

Crustacean Cymothoa exigua is a parasite of fish. This parasite enters through the gills, and then attaches itself at the base of the fish's tongue. It extracts blood through the claws on its front, causing the tongue to atrophy 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. Wiki article, photos are also from Wiki.
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