"So, naturalists observe, a flea has smaller fleas that on him prey; and these have smaller still to bite ’em; and so proceed ad infinitum."
- Jonathan Swift

October 21, 2010

October 21 - Clinostomum marginatum

On the list of unpleasant places to have a worm infection, in one's mouth would have to be near the top. Flukes of the genus Clinostomum live in the mouth of aquatic birds, especially herons and egrets. The infective metacercariae of these flukes are found just under the skin or in the muscles of many species of freshwater fish, where they are known as “yellow grubs.” For photos of the grubs, see this site. Although cooking kills the parasites, eating a fish with an infection like this is easier said than done and many infected fish are discarded by fishermen.

Contributed by Mike Kinsella.

1 comment:

  1. I always saw loads of these in great blue herons who came through our wildlife clinic, and always wondered if they were associated with the extreme anemia these birds typically had...