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Marine Parasitology

K Rohde

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Author: K Rohde

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Written by an international team of contributors, this work provides the definitive review of marine parasites of the world. Initial chapters review the diversity and basic biology of the different groups of marine parasites worldwide and provide illustrations of the various groups. For each group the book discusses details of morphology, life cycles, infection mechanisms, and effects on hosts.

Later chapters cover the ecology and importance of marine parasites. Topics discussed include the behavioural aspects of parasitism, ecology, evolution and zoogeography as well as the economic, environmental and medical importance of marine parasites. The book gives readers a general background to each topic, along with up-to-date reviews of novel concepts and cutting-edge research.

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Author K Rohde
Availability In Print
Dimensions Unknown
Extent 592 pp
ISBN 9781845930530
Publication date December 2005
Book Type Hardcover


The nature of parasitism

  • Definitions, and adaptations to a parasitic way of life
  • Marine parasites and the tree of life

Protistan parasites and Myxozoa

  • Protistan biodiversity
  • Sarcomastigophora (amoebae and flagellates)
  • Labyrinthomorpha (labyrinthomorphs)
  • Haplosporidia (haplosporidians)
  • Apicomplexa (sporozoans)
  • Microsporidia (microsporans)
  • Mikrocytos mackini (microcell)
  • Ciliophora (ciliates)
  • Myxozoa (myxozoans)

Helminth parasites

  • ?Turbellaria? (turbellarians)
  • Monogenea Polyopisthocotylea (ectoparasitic flukes)
  • Monogenea Monopisthocotylea (ectoparasitic flukes)
  • Aspidogastrea (aspidogastreans)
  • Digenea (endoparasitic flukes)
  • Amphilinidea (unsegmented tapeworms)
  • Gyrocotylidea (unsegmented tapeworms)
  • Eucestoda (true tapeworms)
  • Nematoda (roundworms)
  • Acanthocephala (thorny or spiny-headed worms)

Crustacean parasites

  • Copepoda (copepods)
  • Isopoda (isopods)
  • Branchiura (fish lice)
  • Tantulocarida (tantulocarids)
  • Ascothoracida (ascothoracids)
  • Cirripedia Thoracica and Rhizocephala (barnacles)
  • Amphipoda (amphipods)

Minor groups and fossils

  • Fossil parasites
  • Porifera (sponges)
  • Cnidaria and Ctenophora (cnidarians and comb jellies)
  • Mesozoa Orthonectida (orthonectids)
  • Mesozoa Dicyemida (dicyemids)
  • Myzostomida (myzostomids)
  • Polychaeta (bristle worms)
  • Hirudinea (leeches)
  • Cycliophora (wheel wearers)
  • Nemertea (ribbon worms)
  • Rotifera and Seison (rotifers)
  • Nematomorpha (horse-hair worms)
  • Acari (mites and ticks)
  • Pycnogonida (pycnogonids)
  • Insecta (insects)
  • Tardigrada (water bears)
  • Pentastomida (tongue worms)
  • Mollusca (molluscs)
  • Echiura (spoon worms)
  • Echinodermata (echinoderms)
  • Parasitic marine fishes

Behavioural aspects of parasitism

  • Parasite induced changes in host behaviour and morphology
  • Cleaning mutualism in the sea


  • Transmission of marine parasites
  • The ecological niches of parasites
  • Marine hyperparasites
  • Parasites in brackish waters
  • Metapopulation biology of marine parasites
  • Structure of parasite communities
  • Parasite populations and communities as non-equilibrium systems
  • Population and community ecology of larval trematodes in molluscan first intermediate hosts

Coevolution and speciation

  • Coevolution in marine systems
  • Speciation and species delimitation


  • Latitudinal, longitudinal and depth gradients
  • Parasites as biological tags
  • Parasites as indicators of historical dispersal
  • Introduced marine parasites
  • Deep-sea parasites

Economic and environmental importance

  • Mass mortalities in the oceans
  • Effects of salmon lice on Atlantic salmon
  • Effects in finfish culture
  • Effects in mollusc culture
  • Effects in shrimp culture
  • Ecological aspects of parasites in the American lobster
  • Parasites of marine mammals
  • Marine birds and their helminth parasites
  • Effects of pollution on parasites, and use of parasites in pollution monitoring

Medical importance

  • Cestode and trematode infections
  • Anisakiasis
  • Zoonotic potential of Protozoa
  • Zoonotic aspects of trichinellosis
  • Marine schistosome dermatitis
  • Infections by the rat lungworm, Angiostrongylus

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