Evidence of multiple species of Chilodonella (Protozoa, Ciliophora) infecting Australian farmed freshwater fishes.
Giana Bastos Gomes, Terrence L Miller, David B Vaughan, Dean R Jerry, Christina McCowan, Tracey L Bradley, Kate S Hutson
Veterinary Parasitology | Published : 2017
Parasitic Chilodonella species, Chilodonella piscicola and Chilodonella hexasticha, cause considerable economic losses globally to freshwater farmed fish production. Some genetic studies of Chilodonella spp. have indicated that many species within the genus may form cryptic species complexes. To understand the diversity of Chilodonella spp. infecting Australian freshwater farmed fish, specimens were isolated from infected barramundi (Lates calcarifer) and Murray cod (Maccullochella peelii) from fish farms in tropical north Queensland (QLD), temperate Victoria (Vic) and New South Wales (NSW) for genetic and morphological analysis. Parasites were stained and measured for morphological descript..View full abstract