Infection of North Sea cod, Gadus morhua L., larvae with the parasitic nematode Hysterothylacium aduncum Rudolphi

Alf Skovgaard, Qusay Z. M. Bahlool, Peter Munk, Terje Berge, Kurt Buchmann

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Abstract

Investigation of 2197 cod larvae and post-larvae collected in the North Sea revealed high prevalence of infection with a parasitic anisakid nematode identified morphologically and genetically as Hysterothylacium aduncum. Nematodes were third stage larvae and were almost exclusively found in the body cavity and they were never encapsulated. Prevalence increased significantly from 1992 to 2001 concomitantly with increased sea temperature. The possibility that the extent of parasitism is influenced by temperature change is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Plankton Research
Volume33
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)1311-1316
ISSN0142-7873
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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