Cover picture: The marine isopod parasite (Cymothoa exigua) peering out from within its clownfish (Premnas sp) host’s mouth initially drains the fish’s tongue of blood, so that it withers away, and then functionally replaces the host’s tongue itself. In addition to decreasing individual host fitness, parasitic organisms may also have largely “hidden” ecological roles, affecting populations, communities, and
Central photo: © M Klein
Background photo: johnandersonphoto/www.iStockphoto.com
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