Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

Synopsis of infectious diseases and parasites of commercially exploited shellfish.

Abstract

Published and new accounts of viruses, bacteria, protozoa, fungi, metazoa, and infectious diseases of unknown aetiology in commercially exploited shellfish (molluscs, echinoderms, and crustaceans) are summarised. The information is organised according to the host that is normally infected (i.e. oysters, mussels, clams, cockles, scallops, abalone, sea urchins, sea stars, lobsters, shrimp, prawns, crabs, and freshwater crayfish). Each of the 169 summaries includes the common or widely accepted name of the parasite or disease agent, and the scientific name (where known) or taxonomic affiliation. In addition, geographic distribution, host species infected (both naturally and experimentally), impact on host health, diagnostic techniques including illustrations for many of the diseases, known methods of control, and appropriate references are provided.