Oarfish hosted parasites, giving scientists insight into bony fish

October 29, 2013 9:08 PM

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Oarfish hosted parasites, giving scientists insight into bony fish

Researchers have discovered that the massive oarfish hosts several types of parasites, revealing clues about the serpent-like fish’s habitat, UC Santa Barbara announced this week.

Parasitologists at the university obtained small tissue samples -- gills, intestine, stomach, spleen and gallbladder -- from the 18-foot creature that was found dead in shallow water just off Catalina Island on Oct. 13. They discovered larval tapeworms and pieces of a spiny-headed worm embedded in t...

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