Aquacultured hard clams (Mercenaria mercenaria) from Florida were examined for Perkinsus spp. using culture in Rays Fluid Thyioglycollate Medium (RFTM) and PCR. Clams were negative for P. marinus-specific PCR, but low-level infections were observed by RFTM culture and by genus-specific PCR. In contrast, P. marinus was frequently detected in wild oysters, indicating possible host specificity for this parasite.
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