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Treatments to control Haliotrema abaddon in the West Australian dhufish, Glaucosoma hebraicum

Stephens, F.J., Cleary, J.J., Jenkins, G., Jones, J.B., Raidal, S.R. and Thomas, J.B. (2003) Treatments to control Haliotrema abaddon in the West Australian dhufish, Glaucosoma hebraicum. Aquaculture, 215 (1-4). pp. 1-10.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0044-8486(01)00876-6
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Abstract

Haliotrema abaddon is a significant monogenean parasite of the gills of maricultured Western Australian dhufish, Glaucosoma hebraicum, and can cause severe gill pathology. A series of trials was undertaken using infested fish in 120-l glass aquaria to assess the safety and efficacy of some potential “in water” treatments, including trichlorphon, praziquantel, formalin, toltrazuril and a freshwater bath. Treatment efficacy was established by assessment of the number of parasites found in tank sediment immediately following treatment and by examination of gills for parasites using a gill biopsy technique. Praziquantel bathes, 2 mg l−1 of 30-h duration, were the most safe and effective treatment. Freshwater bathes of below 2‰ salinity for 90 min were effective but highly stressful for the fish. Trichlorphon 0.5 mg l−1 for 30 h was safe and relatively effective. Formalin, 25 ppm, and toltrazuril, 12.5 mg l−1, were safe but resulted in the removal of insufficient parasites to recommend it as a treatment for dhufish infested with H. abaddon.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Copyright: 2003 Elsevier Science BV
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/16683
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