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‘Global worming’: first record of an epidemic of Triaenophorus crassus in a population of Arctic charr Salvelinus umbla

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In May 2005, an epidemic of the cestode Triaenophorus crassus occurred in the Salvelinus umbla population of Lake Grundlsee, an oligotrophic Austrian Alpine Lake. Based on catches with a standardized multi-mesh gillnet survey 53% of S. umbla were infected with up to 17 cysts of T. crassus per fish. This is the first documented record of an epidemic of this tapeworm in S. umbla.

Keywords: Alpine Lake; Cyclops abyssorum; Esox lucius; Salvelinus umbla; tapeworm; translocated fish

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Federal Agency for Water Management, Institute of Water Ecology, Fisheries and Lake Research, Scharfling 18, 5310 Mondsee, Austria 2: University of Salzburg, Department of Organismic Biology, Hellbrunnerstr. 34, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

Publication date: March 1, 2009


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