The tongue-replacing isopod Cymothoa borbonica reduces the growth of largespot pompano Trachinotus botla

@article{Parker2013TheTI,
  title={The tongue-replacing isopod Cymothoa borbonica reduces the growth of largespot pompano Trachinotus botla},
  author={Denham Parker and Anthony J. Booth},
  journal={Marine Biology},
  year={2013},
  volume={160},
  pages={2943-2950}
}
Cymothoa borbonica prevalence in the buccal cavity of Trachinotus botla was high, with 45 % of all fish sampled being infected. Smaller fish were more susceptible to infection with no parasites found in fish over 400 mm FL. The detrimental effects of parasite infection on their hosts include basihyal (the bone commonly known as the “tongue”) damage, a loss in buccal cavity volume as a result of female parasite attachment, and a severe impact on host growth. By combining short-term dietary… 
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