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The occurrence of Mytilicola intestinalis Steuer, an intestinal copepod parasite of Mytilus, in the South-West of England
Davey, J.T.; Gee, J.M. (1976). The occurrence of Mytilicola intestinalis Steuer, an intestinal copepod parasite of Mytilus, in the South-West of England. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 56(1): 85-94
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Cambridge. ISSN 0025-3154, more
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Keywords
    Coastal zone; Estuaries; Geographical distribution; Horizontal distribution; New records; Parasites; Salinity tolerance; Mytilicola intestinalis Steuer, 1902 [WoRMS]; Mytilus Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]; ANE, British Isles, Bristol Channel [Marine Regions]; ANE, British Isles, England, Cornwall [Marine Regions]; ANE, British Isles, England, Devon [Marine Regions]; Marine; Brackish water

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  • Davey, J.T.
  • Gee, J.M.

Abstract
    The occurrence of M. Intestinalis in populations of mussels in south-west England is recorded and compared with previous data. Since 1955 there have been 2 main changes in the distribution of Mytilicola; (a)it has invaded all the major estuarine mussel populations on the Bristol Channel coast, and (b0many previously uninfected open-coast populations all round the peninsula are now lightly infested, It is suggested that differences in infestation levels between estuarine and open-coast populations of mussels ate due primarily to differences in the degree of exposure to wave action although factors such as size, population density and location of the hosts also influence infestation. The chance of the establishment of breeding pairs of Mytilicola depends on the parasite population size and its distribution through the host population.

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