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The Parasite is comprised of a crustacean-like carapace, several pairs of claws, and arms. A deep blue-purple muscular membrane stretches between the top and lower jaws. The Parasite's jaw is unique in that the top half of the head is the mandible, moving up from the lower jaw to open, as opposed to the reverse with almost all terrestrial animals. The top and lower jaws end in serrated edges and also have four pairs of eyes each.
The Parasites attack in coordinated packs and prefer enclosed spaces to surprise and trap their prey.
While the army was battling Clover, several smaller parasitic creatures fell off its body and attacked soldiers and civilians in the area. Three parasites attacked Hudson, Marlena, Lily, and Robert in the Spring Street Station. The group fended off the parasites, with Marlena getting bitten by one. As a result of the bite, Marlena had started to feel nauseous, bleed from her eyes, and eventually explode internally, shortly after the military finds the group. A dead parasite was seen being transported in a glass case as the group enters the medical area. Later, as the group descended from Beth's apartment, a parasite ambushes them but was swiftly vanquished by Rob with a fire axe.
The parasites terrorize citizens during Clover's rampage. Following Kishin Aiba's emotional breakdown, he becomes able to control both them and Clover through the "Remnant of God" pod inside of his body, and almost uses them to kill his bullies until classmate Aiko Sasahara convinces him to stop. After that, he is no longer able to influence the parasites. As a result, they try to eat him and his fellow students.
The parasites have the ability to climb on walls and ceilings, and they can jump great distances.
The parasites can detect prey over long distances, via an unknown method.
When a human is bitten, the parasite's saliva causes the victim to feel disoriented, bleed from the eyes, and finally cause the victim to inflate, and have their stomach explode. Pouring water on the wound speeds up the internal explosion, as shown by Marlena, who exploded 20 minutes after the bite. Most victims died within 20-40 minutes.
- Main article: Clover's Parasites/Gallery.
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