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Old 09-12-2009, 08:53 PM   #21
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What I want to know is how this alien looking THING reproduces. Do they do like mind control and get fishes to French kiss so they can do a little dirty dancing? By the way... it's native to our Pacific Coast waters. It's a Californian... tee he.
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Old 09-12-2009, 09:00 PM   #22
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Maybe they're like bag worms. The female stays in the bag her whole life. The males crawl into the the females' bag, mates, then crawls out and finds another partner.

Where do they lay their eggs? And more importantly, who's brave enough to find out for us?!
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Old 09-13-2009, 07:49 PM   #23
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Cymothoa exigua
Tongue eating louse

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The tongue-eating isopod, Cymothoa exigua, lives in the mouth of the rose snapper (Lutjanus guttatus) and causes tongue stub and the floor of the fish's mouth and resembles the missing tongue!
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Isopods reproduce sexually and breeding occurs throughout the year. Thus, egg-bearing females may be found year-round, but most are found during the spring and summer months. During mating, males grasp females and carry them under their bodies using their periopods. They may remain attached for months. The male presses his ventral surface against the side of the female, placing his genital pores close to one of the female's genital pores. Sperm are released while the male pleopods vibrate rapidly. The male then moves to the other side of the female and repeats the process with the other genital pore. After 1 to 10 months, the eggs are fertilized and pass into the marsupium. The incubating eggs and newly hatched young remain in the marsupium for up to one month. The newly hatched first instar young look much like miniature versions of the adult. The number of instars in unknown, but there are thought to be at least 15 before maturity is reached. Most freshwater isopods have a lifespan of approximately one year.
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Old 09-14-2009, 01:00 AM   #24
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I don't get how anyone thinks this thing resembles a tongue. I still don't get exactly where they mate or where she is when the young hatch. Not much information on this species. They don't even know how many instars until maturity.
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Old 09-14-2009, 11:30 AM   #25
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This is more information than I wanted or needed one half hour before lunch.
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Old 09-14-2009, 02:34 PM   #26
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This is more information than I wanted or needed one half hour before lunch.
*giggle!*
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Old 04-04-2017, 07:00 PM   #27
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An in depth view of fish mouths....Leads me to
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Various forms of fish teeth I've found in my travels.
SOME are almost human like, (The carps) some resemble that of a vampire!
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Old 04-17-2017, 12:25 PM   #28
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I shan't be looking at that link.
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