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Ionic Effects of Infection of Ichthyophthirius multifiliis in Goldfish


Tumbol, RA and Powell, MD and Nowak, BF, Ionic Effects of Infection of Ichthyophthirius multifiliis in Goldfish, Journal of Aquatic Animal Health, 13, (1) pp. 20 - 26. ISSN 0899-7659 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1577/1548-8667(2001)013<0020:IEOIOI>2.0.CO;2


Ichthyophthiriasis is a common parasitic disease of freshwater food and ornamental fish. This study examined the ionic effects of an induced infection of ichthyophthiriasis in goldfish Carassius auratus. The whole-animal net Na+ and Cl- fluxes were measured from 12 goldfish each day for 5 d. The numbers of branchial mucous and chloride cells were also determined histologically. Two days of postexposure to 200 theronts/mL resulted in significant net losses of Na+ and Cl-. Whole-body ionic effluxes were then reduced over the subsequent duration of the experiment. There was a general increase in the numbers of branchial mucous cells as reinfection progressed. Branchial chloride cells were elevated in infected fish, indicating some degree of compensation in response to infection. This suggested that acute ionic disturbances occurred in the host fish as a consequence of different stages of the life cycle of the parasite; the host exhibited a suite of physiological and morphological changes to compensate for parasitic infection.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - aquaculture
Objective Field:Fisheries - aquaculture not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Tumbol, RA (Mrs Reiny Antonetha Tumbol)
UTAS Author:Powell, MD (Dr Mark Powell)
UTAS Author:Nowak, BF (Professor Barbara Nowak)
ID Code:21132
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:TAFI - Aquaculture
Deposited On:2001-08-01
Last Modified:2002-06-12

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