Physiological-Responses Of Mytilus-Edulis L To Parasitic Infestation By Mytilicola-Intestinalis

Bayne, BL; Gee, JM; Davey, JT; Scullard, C. 1978 Physiological-Responses Of Mytilus-Edulis L To Parasitic Infestation By Mytilicola-Intestinalis. Journal Du Conseil, 38 (1). 12-17. 10.1093/icesjms/38.1.18

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Abstract/Summary

Various levels of infestation by Mytilicola had no effect on the rates of oxygen consumption by Mytilus edulis in laboratory experiments. However, high levels of infestation (> 10 parasites per mussel) caused a depression in the feeding rate of the host at high temperatures (22° or 23° C) and low ration (maintenance or sub-maintenance). This depression of feeding resulted in a decline in the scope for growth, which would result in time in a decline in the “condition” of the host. It is concluded that similar effects may occur in the field when large numbers of small parasites are present at a time of high metabolic demand and low food availability.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Other (PML)
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Date made live: 11 Feb 2014 15:54
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 16:03
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/2825

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