Observations of a Protistan Disease Similar to QPX in Mercenaria mercenaria(Hard Clams) from the Coast of Massachusetts
Roxanna Smolowitz, Dale Leavitt, Frank Perkins January 1998 Journal of Invertebrate Pathology v 71(1) p 9-25

This Journal of Invertebrate Biology scholarly article describes two separate occurrences of QPX-like parasitic infections that caused substantial mortality to 1.5-2 year-old hard clams grown in clam lease sites along the southeastern coast of Massachusetts in the summer and fall of 1995. The report includes image-rich results from pathological studies and compares the parasite to a similar organism previously identified in Canada. To view the article online, go to http://dx.doi.org/ and enter "doi:10.1006/jipa.1997.4706" into the window; a subscription may be required.


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Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry , Biology:Microbiology:Microbiology and Health, Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Water quality/chemistry , Biology:Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results, Overview/Reference Work, Report
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional
Ocean Environments: Coastal and Estuarine
Topics: Hydrosphere/Cryosphere:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry, Hydrosphere/Cryosphere:Groundwater:Water quality/chemistry, Biosphere:Microbiology, Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biosphere:Microbiology and Health, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Parasitism