Prevelance and distribution of QPX, Quahog Parasite Unknown, in hard clams Mercenaria mercenaria in Virginia, USA
http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/dao/v33/n3/p209-219/

Lisa M. Ragone Calvo, Juanita G. Walker, Eugene M. Burreson, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms


This Diseases of Aquatic Organisms abstract serves as the first documentation of QPX (Quahog Parasite Unknown, a parasite affecting hard shell clams) in the state of Virginia. It reports findings from a sampling program performed in 1996 and 1997 that showed light to moderate parasite intensity ranging from 4% to 48% of each sampling period. At the time this article was published, QPX had not had a significant impact on Virginia’s hard clam fishery and aquaculture industry, but the authors recommend continued monitoring and research. A subscription to Diseases of Aquatic Organisms is necessary to view the full-PDF version of this paper.


Subject: Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Microbiology, Microbiology:Microbiology and Health
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Ocean Environments: Coastal and Estuarine
Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biosphere:Microbiology, Microbiology and Health, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Parasitism