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|Title:||Strange World of Parasites|
|Authors:||Nair, G. S.Unnikrishnan|
|Abstract:||We all know that a parasite lives in or on a second organism, called a host, usually causing it some harm. The world of parasites is unique and quite interesting. Let us take a look at some of these really strange parasites. <i>Cymothoa exigua</i>, a Crustacean, is the only known parasite that efficiently replaces a body organ. It makes its home in the mouth of a single species of fish, the <i>spotted rose snapper</i>, where it feeds on blood until the tongue withers and dies. It attaches itself to the remaining stub, and can be used by the fish as a replacement tongue to maneuver food.|
|Appears in Collections:||SR Vol.47(04) [April 2010]|
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