Trematode (Digenea: Bucephalidae) infection in the burrowing clam Tridacna crocea from the Great Barrier Reef

Shelley, C.C., Glazebrook, J.S., Turak, E., Winsor, L., and Denton, G.R.W. (1988) Trematode (Digenea: Bucephalidae) infection in the burrowing clam Tridacna crocea from the Great Barrier Reef. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 4. pp. 143-147.

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Abstract

Larval trematode (Family Bucephalidae) infection of Tridacna crocea (Lamarck 1819) was investigated to determine pathological effects on the host. Of 108 T. crocea gonads examined, 13 (12%) were found to be parasitised. The bucephalid caused castration in heavily infected clams, gonadal tissue being completely replaced by sporocysts. The parasite was also found in the kidney, digestive gland and ctenidia. This is the first record of a bucephalid trematode in a member of the Tridacnidae. The parasite is of potential importance to tridacnid shellfisheries currently being developed.

Item ID: 33952
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
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ISSN: 1616-1580
Funders: Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Projects and Grants: ACIAR Internativ Giant Clam Mariculture Project
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2014 05:55
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0603 Evolutionary Biology > 060307 Host-Parasite Interactions @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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