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Pathogenicity of Lernaeocera lusci and L. branchialis in bib and whiting in the North Sea
Van Damme, P.A.; Ollevier, F.; Hamerlynck, O. (1994). Pathogenicity of Lernaeocera lusci and L. branchialis in bib and whiting in the North Sea. Dis. Aquat. Org. 19(1): 61-65. hdl.handle.net/10.3354/dao019061
In: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. Inter Research: Oldendorf/Luhe. ISSN 0177-5103, more
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Keywords
    Lernaeocera Blainville, 1822 [WoRMS]; Merlangius Garsault, 1764 [WoRMS]; Trisopterus Rafinesque, 1814 [WoRMS]; ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]; Marine
Author keywords
    Lernaeocera; Pathogenicity; Merlangius; Trisopterus

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  • Van Damme, P.A., more
  • Ollevier, F.
  • Hamerlynck, O., more

Abstract
    The pathogenicity of the crustacean parasites Lernaeocera lusci and L. branchialis towards their definitive host species (bib and whiting, respectively) was studied in the Dutch and Belgian coastal area. Negative correlations between parasite intensity and haematocrit value were found for both parasite species. L. branchialis was the more pathogenic species: the parasite-induced reductions in haematocrit value were most significant for this species. It is assumed that parasite-induced host mortality can act as a regulatory force at high parasite densities in natural populations.

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