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Larvae of Contracaecum sp. among inshore fish species of southwestern Australia

Lymbery, A.J.ORCID: 0000-0002-0542-3446, Doupé, R.G., Munshi, M.A. and Wong, T. (2002) Larvae of Contracaecum sp. among inshore fish species of southwestern Australia. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 51 . pp. 157-159.

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Larval nematode infections were investigated in 236 fish from 17 estuarine and near-shore species in southwestern Australia. Larvae of the genus Contracaecum were found in 4 species of fish (Acanthopagrus butcheri, Sillaginodes punctata, Mugil cephalus and Aldrichetta forsteri). The prevalence and intensity of infection was highest in the 2 species of mullet: 81% infected and 9.8 ± 1.5 larvae fish<sup>-1</sup> for M. cephalus; 100% and 12.7 ± 3.7 larvae fish<sup>-1</sup> for A. forsteri. There was no evidence of post-mortem migration of worms from the visceral organs to the musculature of the fish.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Inter-Research Science Publishing
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