DAO 83:153-157 (2009)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02014

Haplosporidian parasite in Diporeia spp. amphipods from the Great Lakes region, USA

Gretchen A. Messick

NOAA, National Ocean Service, Cooperative Oxford Lab, 904 S. Morris Street, Oxford, Maryland 21654, USA

ABSTRACT: Light microscope observations of a haplosporidian in Diporeia spp. amphipods from Lakes Michigan and Huron, USA, found that the parasite spore is operculate and measures 8.1 µm in length and 6.1 µm in width. Round to amorphous sporocysts averaging 23.6 µm were present throughout hemal sinuses of infected amphipods. The number of developing spores within a sporocyst was highly variable and spores were observed in various stages of development. Electron microscopy revealed a lid over the operculum of developing spores and documented spores with fairly large and extensive ornamentation. This is the first haplosporidian reported in Diporeia spp. amphipods and only the second haplosporidian from freshwater species.


KEY WORDS: Parasite · Haplosporidian · Amphipod · Diporeia spp. · Great Lakes · Microscopy


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Cite this article as: Messick GA (2009) Haplosporidian parasite in Diporeia spp. amphipods from the Great Lakes region, USA. Dis Aquat Org 83:153-157. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02014

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