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Guide to the identification of fish protozoan and metazoan parasites in stained tissue sections


Bruno, DW and Nowak, BF and Elliott, DG, Guide to the identification of fish protozoan and metazoan parasites in stained tissue sections, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 70, (1-2) pp. 1-36. ISSN 0177-5103 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.3354/dao070001


The identification of protozoan and metazoan parasites is traditionally carried out using a series of classical keys based upon the morphology of the whole organism. However, in stained tissue sections prepared for light microscopy, taxonomic features will be missing, thus making parasite identification difficult. This work highlights the characteristic features of representative parasites in tissue sections to aid identification. The parasite examples discussed are derived from species affecting finfish, and predominantly include parasites associated with disease or those commonly observed as incidental findings in disease diagnostic cases. Emphasis is on protozoan and small metazoan parasites (such as Myxosporidia) because these are the organisms most likely to be missed or mis-diagnosed during gross examination. Figures are presented in colour to assist biologists and veterinarians who are required to assess host/parasite interactions by light microscopy. © Inter-Research 2006.

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:Nowak, BF (Professor Barbara Nowak)
ID Code:39931
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:52
Deposited By:TAFI - Aquaculture
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2011-10-03

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