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Post-haemorrhagic anaemia in sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax caused by blood feeding of Ceratothoa oestroides (Isopoda: Cymothoidae)

Horton, T.; Okamura, B.. 2003 Post-haemorrhagic anaemia in sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax caused by blood feeding of Ceratothoa oestroides (Isopoda: Cymothoidae). Journal of Fish Diseases, 26 (7). 401-406.

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Abstract/Summary

The effects of the fish parasitic isopod, Ceratothoa oestroides (Risso), on haematological parameters of its cage-cultured sea bass host, Dicentrarchus labrax (L.), were studied. Analyses of blood parameters (cell counts, haemoglobin content and haematocrit) were carried out on parasitized and unparasitized sea bass from a fish farm in Turkey. Parasitized fish had significantly lowered erythrocyte counts, haematocrit and haemoglobin values and significantly increased leucocyte counts. Blood feeding by C. oestroides thus produces a post-haemorrhagic anaemia and the fish appear to mount an immune response to the presence of parasites.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Additional Keywords: anaemia, Ceratothoa oestroides, Dicentrarchus labrax, feeding, isopoda,
Date made live: 20 Apr 2004 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/101355

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