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Tongue Parasites

As already mentioned in previous blog posts there are many parasites here in Lembeh Strait that for example stick on the head or cheek of fishes. Another very common type of parasite is the tongue parasite (Tongue-Biter Cymathoid Isopod, Cymothoa exigua) that lives in the mouth of various fishes – mainly in Anemonefishes. They enter through the gills and position themselves on the tongue of the fish … after a while they have already replaced the tongue.

This beautiful shot here is taken by our guest Mood – thanks for the picture and we hope you have a good time in Singapore buddy!


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  1. 07/01/2013 at 6:10 PM

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