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Title Development of an experimental model for Anophryoides haemophila (Scuticociliatida: Orchitophryidae), a parasite of American lobster Homarus americanus
Author(s) F. Athanassopoulou, David J. Speare, Richard J. Cawthorn, R. MacMillan, B. Despres
Journal Deltion tes Ellenikes Kteniatrikes Etaireias = Journal of the Hellenic Veterinary Medical Society
Date 2003
Volume 54
Issue 3
Start page 201
End page 208
Abstract The principal lesions due to the ciliate Anophryoides haemophila in experimentally infected lobsters are observed in the gills and connective tissue from the 9th week post-infection. These lesions were not related to the inoculum of parasites and were consistent in all inoculum studies (2000, 10 000 and 500 000 ciliates per lobster) and were present in both euthanized and dead lobsters. The higher inocula resulted only in higher numbers of parasites observed in sections of gills and in the connective tissue of more organs, with no penetration to the parenchyma of any organ. Furthermore, the highest inoculum of ciliates (500 000 per lobster) resulted in a shorter course of disease development and consequently, experimental lobsters died between 4th and 6th week post-infection. This was not observed at inocula of 2000 and 10 000 ciliates per lobster, where mortality occurred 11-14 weeks post-infection..

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