DAO 100:269-272 (2012)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02493

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Phage particles infecting branchial Rickettsiales-like organisms in banded carpet shell Polititapes virgineus (Bivalvia) from Galicia (NW Spain)

S. Darriba1, M. Ruiz2, C. López2,*

1Instituto Tecnolóxico para o Control do Medio Mariño de Galicia (INTECMAR), 36611 Vilagarcía de Arousa, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain
2Centro de Investigacións Mariñas (CIMA), 36620 Vilanova de Arousa, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain
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ABSTRACT: Basophilic intracellular prokaryotic-like colonies were observed in the gills of banded carpet shell Polititapes virgineus (= Tapes rhomboides) (Linnaeus, 1767) from a natural bed in Galicia (NW Spain). Light microscope observations suggested the presence of 2 types of colonies, but transmission electron microscopy revealed that these were the same Rickettsiales-like colonies, one infected and the other uninfected by phage particles. This is the first report of the presence of phage particles in Rickettsiales-like organisms in the gills of P. virgineus.


KEY WORDS: Virus · Prokaryotic organisms · Ultrastructural analysis


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Cite this article as: Darriba S, Ruiz M, López C (2012) Phage particles infecting branchial Rickettsiales-like organisms in banded carpet shell Polititapes virgineus (Bivalvia) from Galicia (NW Spain). Dis Aquat Org 100:269-272. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02493

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