The life history of Sulcascaris sulcata (Nematoda: Ascaridoidea), a parasite of marine molluscs and turtles

Berry G.N. and Cannon L.R.G. (1981) The life history of Sulcascaris sulcata (Nematoda: Ascaridoidea), a parasite of marine molluscs and turtles. International Journal for Parasitology, 11 1: 43-54. doi:10.1016/0020-7519(81)90024-2


Author Berry G.N.
Cannon L.R.G.
Title The life history of Sulcascaris sulcata (Nematoda: Ascaridoidea), a parasite of marine molluscs and turtles
Journal name International Journal for Parasitology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0020-7519
Publication date 1981-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0020-7519(81)90024-2
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 11
Issue 1
Start page 43
End page 54
Total pages 12
Subject 2405 Parasitology
2725 Infectious Diseases
Abstract Berry G. N. and Cannon L. R. G. 1981. The life history of Sulcascaris sulcata (Nematoda: Ascaridoidea), a parasite of marine molluscs and turtles. International Journal for Parasitoiogy 11: 43-54. The morphology, development and hatching of Sulcascaris sulcata eggs are described. Two moults occurred in the egg. Third stage larvae spontaneously hatched and were found to develop in marine bivalves and gastropods. Larvae grew steadily and after three to four months, when about 5 mm long, they moulted to fourth stage larvae characteristic of natural infections in bivalves from commercial catches. Experimentally, when fed to laboratory-reared Caretta caretta, the fourth stage larvae first attached at the oesophago-gastric junction where they moulted to adults in 7-21 days. Subsequent growth to mature adults was obtained by at least 5 months after infection. It is suggested that under natural conditions the life history may take up to 2 years to complete. These findings are discussed in relation to the predatory mode of feeding and the breeding habits of C. caretta and the significance of a possible health hazard to man.
Keyword Amusium
Ascaridoidea
Caretta
ecology
Life history
scallops
Sulcascaris
turtles
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