Parasitic Isopod Spreading Northward in Pacific (image) Florida Museum of Natural History Share Print E-Mail Caption The cough drop-sized parasite Orthione griffenis, native to Asia and Russia, has decimated mud shrimp populations along the West Coast. The parasite on the right is a female with the much smaller male attached. Credit Amanda Bemis and Gustav Paulay/Florida Museum Usage Restrictions Please credit Amanda Bemis and Gustav Paulay/Florida Museum. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.