Meet the pentastome

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27 Responses to “Meet the pentastome”

  1. Guest says:

    Goa’uld symbiote anyone?

  2. Scott says:

    This definitely calls for a unicorn chaser.

    • zish says:

      Dunno, the pic kinda looks a unicorn’s horn. Perhaps unicorns are just regular horses infected with magical pentastomes?

  3. Ben Burger says:

    poor gecko

  4. Layne says:

    *Yurk*
    Didn’t this thing come busting out of William Hurt’s chest?

  5. habbi1974 says:

    now I know what those gorilla tripods are made of! xD

  6. habbi1974 says:

    btw, do the name means “five mouths” ?

  7. Aaron Swain says:

    Yet another reason to be glad I’m not a lizard.

  8. Lobster says:

    “If the pentastome finds itself outside an organism, it attempts to get eaten again by disguising itself as a delicious cruller.”

  9. Gareth Rees says:

    The name does indeed derive from the Greek for “five mouths” but pentastomes only have the one—they got the name because in some species the mouth looks very similar to the four adjacent hook-like limbs.

  10. wizardru says:

    Good Grief, Maggie.  Do any of your posts NOT remind us that Nature is full of ungodly, Cthulu-esque horrors determined to destroy us all?

    I mean, GAH.

  11. Mister44 says:

    Is it also a nematode?

    Why don’t we see these things in those Gieco commercials?

  12. phisrow says:

    If anybody needs me, I’ll be in my workshop building a HEV suit and a flamethrower…

  13. salsaman says:

    That would make a lovely bracelet!

  14. OldBrownSquirrel says:

    It gets better.  Some pentasomes infect humans.

  15. kullervo says:

    Suddenly I care not if it tastes like chicken…

  16. HerkyDerky says:

    I breed these in my back yard to protect us all from the Reptilian Illuminati.

  17. Ian Wood says:

    NEVER swallow the Dentic.

  18. David C. Oshel says:

    The screw shaped ridge in combination with the o-shaped ridges suggest two different kinds of metameric evolution, which in turn suggests fantasy, which suggests Photoshop. 

  19. I looked at the pic before the title and I thought it would be about some porn accessory. Well, there goes the excitement…

  20. lewis_stoole says:

    this is not a bracelet being sold on etsy? 

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