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(YouTube)   PBS has made a cartoon explaining the tongue-eating fish parasite Cymothoa exigua (Not safe for your weak stomach)   ( divider line
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The Tongue-Eating Parasite

Gross science: This parasite crawls into a fish's mouth and replaces its tongue. Enough said.

Note: In this video, we refer to the parasites as "protoandritic." The real word is "protandric." We take accuracy very seriously and we apologize for the error. Thank you to the viewer who pointed this out.


Produced, edited, and animated by
Anna Rothschild

Production Assistant
Allison Eck

Special Thanks
Stefanie Kaiser

Original Footage
© WGBH Educational Foundation 2013


(Ceratothoa sp in Blacktail)
Host: Diplodus sargus sargus (common names: blacktail or white seabream)
Locality: Tsitsikamma National Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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