May all your parasites in 2009 be as lovely as this one, sent from Bonaire by my friend David Fishman.
That’s one big isopod.
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Your isopod is Anilocra haemuli Williams and Williams, 1981. This isopod occurs on the Creolefish in many parts of the Caribbean, but is most abundant and most photographed in Bonaire. Due to some genetic work by one of our students, we are about to change the name of this isopod. The large specimens are females.
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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The Loom. He is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.