Egg-carrying female of the new to science species Elthusa xena. Image: Serita van der Wal (under CC-BY 4.0 license)
Looking a fish in the mouth: a new species of parasite found - life short science news

Researchers from the North-West University in South Africa have discovered a new parasite of fish.

They are crustaceans (like crabs and shrimps), and attach themselves to the gills of especially klipfish (genus Clinus).

The new species has been baptized Elthusa Xena, named after the warrior princess Xena (from the American fantasy television series), as the females appear particularly tough with their elongated and ovioid bodies.

Read the full story: North West University South Africa
Scientific publication: Zookeys