Folia Parasitologica, vol. 55 (2008), issue 2

Folia Parasitologica 55[2] 100-104 (2008) | DOI: 10.14411/fp.2008.013

The marine herring myxozoan Ceratomyxa auerbachi (Myxozoa: Ceratomyxidae) uses Chone infundibuliformis (Annelida: Polychaeta: Sabellidae) as invertebrate host

Marianne Køie1, Egil Karlsbakk2, Are Nylund3
1 Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Copenhagen, DK-3000 Helsingør, Denmark
2 Institute of Marine Research, P.O. Box 1870, Nordnes, N-5817 Bergen, Norway
3 Department of Biology, University of Bergen, P.O. Box 7800, N-5020 Bergen, Norway

Sequencing of SSU rDNA showed that actinospores of the tetractinomyxon type, which develop in Chone infundibuliformis Krøyer (Annelida, Polychaeta, Sabellidae) from the northern Øresund, Denmark, are identical with Ceratomyxa auerbachi Kabata, 1962 (Myxozoa, Ceratomyxidae). This myxosporean was found in the gallbladder of the Atlantic herring Clupea harengus L. from the northern Øresund, Denmark, and from the Bergen area, western Norway. The pansporocysts and actinospores of C. auerbachi are described. This is the third elucidated two-host life cycle of a marine myxozoan, and the first involving a marine ceratomyxid.

Keywords: Myxozoa, Ceratomyxa auerbachi, Clupea harengus, Chone infundibuliformis, actinospores, life cycle, Denmark

Received: January 15, 2008; Accepted: February 28, 2008; Published: June 1, 2008


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