- Urastoma cyprinae in natural and cultured mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis LmK) populations in México
- Bulletin of the European Association of Fish Pathologists
- Volume | Issue number
- 16 | 6
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED)
The turbellarian Urastoma cyprinae (Urastomidae) was found parasitizing Mytilus galloprovincialis in natural beds and culture long-lines at Ensenada, Baja California, north-west Mexico. The parasite caused some damage to the gills of the host. Prevalence was monitored between January 1995 and January 1996 and ranged from 0 to 100% according to sampling locality. Mussels from polluted water at the Ensenada pier showed a low prevalence rate (0-13%) and intensity of infection (0-5 parasites/host). Cultured mussels showed the highest prevalence (50-100%) and intensity of infection (0-84), while mussels from the upper intertidal zone of an exposed rocky shore showed intermediate prevalence (10-87%) and intensity of infection (0-20). This is the first report of U. cyprinae in mussels from the Pacific coast of North America.
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