DAO 110:65-70 (2014)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02699

Contribution to the DAO Special: 'Microcell parasites of molluscs'

Molecular taxonomy of Mikrocytos boweri sp. nov. from Olympia oysters Ostrea lurida in British Columbia, Canada

Cathryn L. Abbott*, Gary R. Meyer, Geoff Lowe, Eliah Kim, Stewart C. Johnson

Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Pacific Biological Station, 3190 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo, BC V9T 6N7, Canada
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ABSTRACT: Mikrocytos mackini is a microcell parasite that usually infects Crassostrea gigas distributed along the Pacific Northwest coast of North America. For many years, M. mackini was the only known species in the genus, but there have been multiple recent findings of genetically divergent forms of Mikrocytos in different hosts and in distantly located geographic locations. This note describes M. boweri sp. nov. found in Olympia oysters Ostrea lurida collected from and native to British Columbia, Canada, primarily using a molecular taxonomic approach.


KEY WORDS: Microcell parasite · Mikrocytosis · Genetic diversity · rDNA · Crassostrea · Mikrocytida


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Cite this article as: Abbott CL, Meyer GR, Lowe G, Kim E, Johnson SC (2014) Molecular taxonomy of Mikrocytos boweri sp. nov. from Olympia oysters Ostrea lurida in British Columbia, Canada. Dis Aquat Org 110:65-70. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02699

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