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An Atlantic brief squid (Lolliguncula brevis) at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab and Aquarium with a parasitic isopod (Cymothoa sp.) on his back.

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A tiny starfish (Ophicomella sexradia) at Loro Parque’s aquarium in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain

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A tiny starfish (Ophicomella sexradia) at Loro Parque’s aquarium in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain

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Emerald cockroach wasp (Ampulex compressa) at the Budapest Zoo. This species is parasitic and lays eggs on cockroaches for the young wasps to feed on upon hatching.

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Emerald cockroach wasp (Ampulex compressa) at the Budapest Zoo. This species is parasitic and lays eggs on cockroaches for the young wasps to feed on upon hatching.

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A rainbow scarab (Phanaeus vindex) with parasites riding on its neck, at the Houston Zoo.

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A rainbow scarab (Phanaeus vindex), with parasites riding on its neck, at the Houston Zoo.

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A rainbow scarab (Phanaeus vindex), with parasites riding on its neck, at the Houston Zoo.

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A rainbow scarab (Phanaeus vindex), with parasites riding on its neck, at the Houston Zoo.

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Photographer Joel Sartore receives chemotherapy (antimony, an arsenic derivative) to treat leishmaniasis, a flesh-eating parasite that he got on assignment in Madidi National Park, Bolivia, through the bite of a phlebotomous sandfly.

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A magpie searches an elk’s head for ticks in Yellowstone National Park.

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Magpies search an elk’s head for ticks in Yellowstone National Park.

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A magpie searches an elk’s head for ticks in Yellowstone National Park.

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