DAO 57:271-273 (2003)  -  doi:10.3354/dao057271

Steinhausia mytilovum in cultured mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis in the Thermaikos Gulf (north Aegean Sea, Greece)

Abdalnasser Rayyan, Chariton C. Chintiroglou*

Department of Zoology, School of Biology, PO Box 134, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 540 06 Thessaloniki, Greece
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ABSTRACT: The microsporidian Steinhausia mytilovum was found parasitising the female cultured mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis L. in the Thermaikos Gulf (north Aegean Sea). The parasites affected the condition index of infected mussels and incited a strong hemocyte infiltration inside affected gonadal follicles. The prevalence (7.5 to 35.5%) of the parasite was relatively high in a polluted area.


KEY WORDS: Steinhausia mytilovum · Mytilus galloprovincialis · Mussel pathogens


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