Translator Disclaimer
1 June 2012 Occurrence of Schistocephalus solidus in Anadromous Threespine Stickleback
Author Affiliations +
Abstract

Plerocercoids of the cestode Schistocephalus solidus are reported for the first time from the body cavity of anadromous threespine stickleback inhabiting Mud Lake, Alaska. Most infected stickleback harbored a single large plerocerciod (mean weight  =  0.447 g, range  =  0.228–0.716 g). The overall prevalence of plerocercoids across genders and 2 yr of samples was 1.4%, but prevalence was significantly greater in males than in females. Because of the large size of the plerocercoids, anadromous stickleback were probably infected as juveniles before leaving the lake, suggesting that plerocercoids can live in the body cavity of oceanic stickleback for several years.

American Society of Parasitologists
A Confer, V Vu, C. J. Drevecky, and W. E. Aguirre "Occurrence of Schistocephalus solidus in Anadromous Threespine Stickleback," Journal of Parasitology 98(3), (1 June 2012). https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-2968.1
Published: 1 June 2012
JOURNAL ARTICLE
3 PAGES


SHARE
ARTICLE IMPACT
RIGHTS & PERMISSIONS
Get copyright permission
Back to Top