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Luci the Zombie Snail Monster Girl (revisited) by The-Episiarch Luci the Zombie Snail Monster Girl (revisited) by The-Episiarch
Here's another (sort of) new Parasite Monster Girl! Meet Luci - a snail monster girl (much like Maki) infected by a colony of Leucochloridium paradoxum fluke - the infamous "green broodsac" parasite. There are actually a number of different species of Leucochloridium and some of them have orange or yellow broodsacs, but L. paradoxum is the most well-recognised one so I've chosen to base Luci on a snail infected with that particular species.

A quick note about the parasite's biology: Leucochloridium paradoxum is a digenean trematode (parasitic fluke) - it uses land snails in the Succinea genus as both their intermediate host where they undergo asexual proliferation (and the broodsac structures), and use birds as their final host where it grows into sexually mature adult and complete its lifecycle.

Aside from its distinctive appearance, Leucochloridium also takes control of the snail's behaviour to move to them more exposed locations where it is more likely to be spotted a bird (you can read more about it here) which may perceive the protruding parasite broodsacs as tasty caterpillars. As for how effective this behaviour manipulation is at achieving that end, well that's still currently untested. Though the oft-cited transmission route involves the bird pecking parasitic broodsacs directly off the tentacles of infected snails, a recent paper indicates that those parasite "broodsacs" can actually leave the host and remain viable in the environment for a short period, where it can wait for a bird to come along and gobble them up.

Some of you might notice that this is a revised version of the first Parasite Monster Girl that I drew and uploaded here on dA back in last December - after almost a year of drawing Parasite Monster Girls, I decided that it was about time that I revisit this iconic parasite with the experience and skills that I have acquired since then. Despite the stylistic changes, I've kept Luci's personality pretty much the same as when I originally imagined her - bubbly, optimistic, and outdoorsy.

Also noteworthy is that in the description for that first version of Luci, I wrote "I hope this "Drawing Parasites as Monster Girls" thing doesn't become my new art jam all of a sudden..." and well, we all know what has happened since then...
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017
She seems to be doing better than an actual snail since her eyes don't seem to of been Eaten out yet...
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The-Episiarch Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
Look at the colour of her "iris" and "pupils" of her "eyes".

Now look at the colour on the tip of those broodsacs...
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
Oh my, I hope they don't have giant songbirds in this alternate universe of yours :/
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Thermyon-Vulcronus Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016
Can I ask something?
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