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The vampire that doesn’t suck blood: New parasite-host relationships in Amazonian candirus

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Scientists report a vampire fish attached to the body of an Amazonian thorny catfish. Very unusually, the candirus were attached close to the lateral bone plates, rather than the gills, where they are normally found. Since the hosts were not badly harmed, and the candirus apparently derived no food benefit, scientists believe this association is commensalistic rather than parasitic.

Source: ScienceDaily.com