DAO 31:239-241 (1997)  -  doi:10.3354/dao031239

Hepatopancreatic parvo-like virus (HPV) of Penaeus japonicus cultured in Australia

K. M. Spann1,*, R. D. Adlard2, D. A. Hudson2, S. B. Pyecroft2, T. C. Jones2, M. O. C. Voigt2

1Department of Parasitology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, 4072, Australia
2Aquatic Diagnostic Services International, Pty, Ltd, PO Box 132, Toowong, Brisbane, 4066, Australia
*Present address: CSIRO, Tropical Agriculture, PB3, Indooroopilly 4068, Australia. E-mail:

A hepatopancreatic parvo-like virus (HPV) infection was identified in the hepatopancreata of moribund Penaeus japonicus postlarvae from a hatchery in Queensland. The virus formed basophilic, fine granular intranuclear inclusion bodies within the hepatopancreocytes. These caused nuclear hypertrophy and displacement of the nucleolus. Sub-spherical viral particles, 17-20 nm in diameter, were observed embedded within the inclusions. We will refer to this virus as HPV to avoid confusion within the literature. However, molecular data is required to definitively identify this virus as HPV.


HPV · Penaeus japonicus


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