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DAO 136:1-2 (2019)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03412

INTRODUCTION
Amphipod disease: model systems, invasions and systematics—Introduction to DAO Special 8

Jamie Bojko*

Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611, USA
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ABSTRACT: Amphipods are a group of globally abundant Crustacea present throughout terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecosystems. These organisms host a highly diverse systematic assemblage of parasites and pathogens, which are closely linked to the host’s evolution and ecological niche. Such symbioses have been found to affect the behaviour, physiology and overall health of amphipod hosts; including effects at both the individual and population scale, altering aquatic trophic structure and possibly representing far reaching consequences for fisheries species and predatory species. Amphipod diseases explored in this Special have been linked with biological invasions, systematics, behavioural ecology, ecotoxicology, epidemiology, host physiology and cannibalistic tendencies. These studies exemplify the importance of amphipod research and provide keystone studies for the use of these animals as model systems for understanding the effects of disease in crustacean assemblages.


KEY WORDS: Amphipoda · Ecotoxicology · Macroparasite · Microparasite · Taxonomy · Ecology


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Cite this article as: Bojko J (2019) Amphipod disease: model systems, invasions and systematics—Introduction to DAO Special 8. Dis Aquat Org 136:1-2. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03412

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