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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. <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.
Description: 14-15
ISSN: 0036-8512
Appears in Collections:SR Vol.47(04) [April 2010]

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