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Title: Strange World of Parasites
Authors: Nair, G. S.Unnikrishnan
Issue Date: Apr-2010
Publisher: CSIR
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. Cymothoa exigua, 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 spotted rose snapper, 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.
Page(s): 14-15
ISSN: 0036-8512
Source:SR Vol.47(04) [April 2010]

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