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Mytilicola intestinalis Steuer and the condition of its host Mytilus edulis L.
Theisen, B.F. (1987). Mytilicola intestinalis Steuer and the condition of its host Mytilus edulis L. Ophelia 27(2): 77-86
In: Ophelia: International Journal of Marine Biology. Ophelia Publications: Helsingør. ISSN 0078-5326, more
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Keywords
    Parasites; Mytilicola intestinalis Steuer, 1902 [WoRMS]; Mytilus edulis Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Theisen, B.F.

Abstract
    The incidence of infestation of Mytilus edulis L. with Mytilicola intestinalis and the condition (meat content) of Mytilus was monitored 1976-1985. For the individual years the number of Mytilicola was positively correlated with meat content of Mytilus while comparison between individual years showed a negative relation between number of Mytilicola and the condition of Mytilus. It is concluded that Mytilicola has a strong adverse effect on the condition of its host, but this effect is masked in samples with large variation in the condition of Mytilus.

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