DAO 112:177-184 (2015)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02805

Marteilia sp. and other parasites and pathological conditions in Solen marginatus populations along the Galician coast (NW Spain)

M. Ruiz1, S. Darriba2, R. Rodríguez3, C. López1,*

1Centro de Investigacións Mariñas (CIMA), Pedras do Corón, PO Box 13, 36620, Vilanova de Arousa, Pontevedra, Spain
2Instituto Tecnolóxico para o Control do Medio Mariño de Galicia (INTECMAR), Peirao de Vilaxoán s/n, 36611, Vilagarcía de Arousa, Pontevedra, Spain
3Estación de Ciencias Mariñas de Toralla (ECIMAT), Illa de Toralla, 36331, Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain
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ABSTRACT: This paper reports the results of the survey developed after the first detection of protozoan Marteilia sp. infection of the grooved razor shell Solen marginatus (Pulteney, 1799) from Galicia (NW Spain) in 2006. Furthermore, we analysed other parasites and pathological conditions found in grooved razor shell populations throughout this survey, such as metacercariae of trematodes, prokaryotic infections and disseminated neoplasms, some of which could cause moderate or severe damage to the host depending on the intensity of infection. A total of 17 natural beds distributed along the Galician coast were analysed, and Marteilia sp. was detected in 6 of them with low prevalence, moderate intensity and no negative effects over the populations.


KEY WORDS: Grooved razor shell · Prokaryote · Protozoa · Metacercaria · Disseminated neoplasm · Histopathological survey


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Cite this article as: Ruiz M, Darriba S, Rodríguez R, López C (2015) Marteilia sp. and other parasites and pathological conditions in Solen marginatus populations along the Galician coast (NW Spain). Dis Aquat Org 112:177-184. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02805

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