Occurrence Of Mytilicola-Intestinalis Steuer An Intestinal Copepod Parasite Of Mytilus In Southwest Of England

Davey, JT; Gee, JM. 1976 Occurrence Of Mytilicola-Intestinalis Steuer An Intestinal Copepod Parasite Of Mytilus In Southwest Of England. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 56 (1). 85 - 94. /10.1017/S0025315400020452

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Abstract/Summary

The occurrence of Mytilicola intestinalis in populations of mussels in south-west England is recorded and compared with previous data. Since 1955 there have been two main changes in the distribution of Mytilicola: (a) it has invaded all the major estuarine mussel populations on the Bristol Channel coast, and (b) many previously uninfested open-coast populations all round the peninsula are now lightly infested. It is suggested that differences in infestation levels between estuarine and open-coast populations of mussels are due primarily to differences in the degree of exposure to wave action although factors such as size, population density and location of the hosts also influence infestation. The chance of the establishment of breeding pairs of Mytilicola depends on the parasite population size and its distribution through the host population.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Subjects: Ecology and Environment
Marine Sciences
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Other (PML)
Depositing User: EPServices Admin
Date made live: 11 Feb 2014 15:54
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 16:03
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/2854

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