DAO 32:75-78 (1998)  -  doi:10.3354/dao032075

Palaemon elegans, an intermediate host in the life-cycle of Aggregata octopiana

C. Arias, C. Gestal, H. Rodríguez, M. Soto, J. Estévez*

Laboratorio de Parasitología, Facultad de Ciencias del Mar, Universidad de Vigo, Apartado 874, E-36200 Vigo, Spain
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Based on immunological methods, the prawn Palaemon elegans apparently acts as the natural intermediate host for Aggregata octopiana, a coccidian that infects the cephalopod Octopus vulgaris. However, cross-reactivity with another coccidian, A. eberthi, was present in both sporogonic and merogonic stages.


Aggregata octopiana · Life cycle · Palaemon elegans


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