Amyloodinium occelatum infestation on sharpsnout sea bream, Puntazzo puntazzo cetti

TitleAmyloodinium occelatum infestation on sharpsnout sea bream, Puntazzo puntazzo cetti
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsRigos, G, Christophilogiannis P, Giahnishi M, Andriopoulou A, Koutsodimoy M, Nengas I, Alexis M
JournalBulletin of the European Association of Fish Pathologists
Volume18
Issue6
Pages198 - 200
Abstract

The devastating effect of Amyloodinium occelatum on sharpsnout sea bream, Puntazzo puntazzo Cetti is described in this note. Massive and rapid mortalities (100% in 48 h) of cultured juvenile (12 g) sharpsnout sea bream were attributed to an epizootic infection with the dinoflagellate A. occelatum parasitising the gills. A clinical infection was also apparent in gilthead sea bream, Sparus aurata L (10 g ) kept in adjacent cages but 25 % of the infected population survived the infection. On the contrary, sea bass, Dicentrarchus labrax L. (20gr) that were maintained near to the infected Sparids remained unaffected. This epizootic was attributed to the location of the cages site and the optimum for the parasite water temperature. The incidence confirms the lethal identity of the particular pathogen on cultured fish.

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