Histopathology of the Parasitization of Munida Iris (Decapoda: Galatheidae) by Munidion Irritans (Isopoda: Bopyridae)
Abstract:The bopyrid isopods, parasites of the branchial cavity of decapods, produce a lateral protuberance in the carapace of their host. The large female parasite obtains blood from the host by puncture of the dorsal branchial chamber cuticle. The thickness of the deformed area of carapace is approximately twice that of the remaining carapace. Gill surfaces beneath the parasite exhibit deformation and scar tissue is present.
Document Type: Short Communication
Publication date: July 1, 1978
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