Prevelance and distribution of QPX, Quahog Parasite Unknown, in hard clams Mercenaria mercenaria in Virginia, USA

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.

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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
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Ecology