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Dinosaur parasite by HodariNundu Dinosaur parasite by HodariNundu
Arriba, un giganotosaurio atormentado por una severa infestación del parásito Hydrus ichneumon (abajo).
El Hydrus es un reptil de clasificación incierta (probablemente cercano a los Amphisbaenia), inusual por su extraño ciclo de vida; los adultos se reproducen en cadáveres de saurópodos gigantes de modo que sus crias al nacer tengan abundante alimento en la forma de insectos necrófagos. No obstante, a veces pueden infestar a teropodos gigantes si éste se alimenta de un cadáver donde abundan los Hydrus jovenes. Si éstos evitan ser tragados, pueden instalarse en la boca del carnivoro, donde causan daños importantes a las mandibulas, dientes y partes blandas de la boca, y pueden llegar a matar a su huesped inesperado. En ocasiones, si la infestación no es muy severa, los Hydrus pueden pasar del teropodo al sauropodo cuando aquel ataca a su presa sin exito; en ese caso, los Hydrus pueden vivir la mayor parte de su vida en el sauropodo, haciendo agujeros en su piel y alimentandose de su carne y su sangre hasta que el sauropodo muere y los parásitos pueden aparearse nuevamente.

(PD- Claro que me saqué este bicho de la manga, pero ¿quien dice que no existieron horrores asi? :B)

Above, a giganotosaur, tormented by a severe infestation by the parasite Hydrus ichneumon (below).
Hydrus is a reptile of uncertain taxonomy (close to the Amphisbaenia, maybe), unusual because of its weird life cycle. The adults reproduce in giant sauropod carcasses so that the young will have plenty of food in the form of necrophagous insects. However, sometimes they can infect giant theropods if the latter feed on a carcass that's full of young Hydrus. The Hydrus that avoid being swallowed may burrow into the predator's mouth, where they cause important damage to the jaws, teeth and soft tissues and may even cause death from blood loss or inability to feed. Sometimes, if the infestation is not too severe, the Hydrus may pass from the theropod to a sauropod when the former attacks the latter unsuccesfuly; in this case, the Hydrus live most of their lives in the sauropod's body, burrowing into its skin and feeding on its flesh and blood until the sauropod's death, when they breed again.

(PS- Of course I totally made this up but who knows, such horrors may have existed... :B)
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:iconmisty130:
misty130 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
yo no hablo espaniol, engles porfavor?
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014   General Artist
Read below the Spanish description
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misty130 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
mucho grascias! ^^

thank you very much! ^^
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ThatArtisticMofo Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Immediately thought of this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmgQej…
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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Man it would be very odd if a creature with a life cycle like this would be discovered.
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TarbosaurusBatar Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor giga. =(
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Dinofuzz Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Now I'm getting nightmares of spec evolution...
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SCP-682Hatena Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very interesting.
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DinoBrian47 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Although this scene looks rather gory and harmful to the poor giganotosaur, it seems like a cool concept for parasitism among prehistoric animals.
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leucasaurio Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
PARECE RATA TOPO
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