What the hell, mother finds tongue-eating parasitic louse in tin of tuna.
Zoe Butler was amazed to find a pair of tiny beady eyes staring up at her when she opened a can of Princes Tuna Chunks!
Scientists believe the little creature is a parasitic crustacean know as a Tongue-eating Louse. The tiny monster (4-15 mm / 0.3-1 inches long) enters fish through their gills and then attaches itself to the front of the fishes tongue, in effect becoming the fishes new tongue and mini-mouth!
I guess the fish then looks something like the Aliens out of Ridley Scott’s films of the same name!?
Cymothoa exigua, or the tongue-eating louse, is a parasitic crustacean of the family Cymothoidae. This parasite enters fish through the gills, and then attaches itself to the fish’s tongue. The female attaches to the tongue and the male attaches on the gill arches beneath and behind the female. Females are 8–29 millimetres (0.3–1.1 in) long and 4–14 mm (0.16–0.55 in) in maximum width. Males are approximately 7.5–15 mm (0.3–0.6 in) long and 3–7 mm (0.12–0.28 in) wide. The parasite destroys the fish’s tongue, and then attaches itself to the stub of what was once its tongue and becomes the fish’s new tongue.