One more for the road.
I update when I’m vibing it.
It’s been a heck of a ride.
Fb. If you want.
Live a splendid life.
Hey runners out there.
Be careful on your runs. The world is ruthless and won’t give way to anybody, even somebody as harmless as us.
Play it safe.
Because things can happen regardless.
Some Isopods are parasitic.
This is Cymothoa exigua, a parasitic isopod that has a nasty habit of attaching to fishes tongues.
This parasite enters fish through the gills, and then attaches itself at the base of 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. It extracts blood through the claws on its front, causing the tongue to atrophy from lack of blood. The parasite then replaces the fish’s tongue by attaching its own body to the muscles of the tongue stub. The fish is able to use the parasite just like a normal tongue. It appears that the parasite does not cause any other damage to the host fish. Once C. exigua replaces the tongue, some feed on the host’s blood and many others feed on fish mucus. This is the only known case of a parasite functionally replacing a host organ. There are many species of Cymothoa, but only C. exigua is known to consume and replace its host’s tongue.
Nature gets too real.
Monoscutidae is a genus of harvestmen found in Australia, New Zealand and surrounding islands. There are currently 32 species described that range in size from 3mm to 10mm. One subfamily that stands out is Megalopsalidinae, because the males of this group have enormous chelicerae that almost look like the claws of their crustacean brethren. Monoscutidaen harvestmen also range in color from black and brown and often have bright orange,white and gold highlights.
*PSA: oplilones (daddy long legs) are not spiders nor are they extremely (or at all) poisonous.
Back in the day they called me Daddy Long.
After a while, our expectations of others begin to dwindle and all you can do is anticipate.