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Bucephalid Metacercarial Infection in Wild Larval and Juvenile Ayu Plecoglossus altivelis
Gyobyo kenkyu - Fish pathology
Ayu Plecoglossus altivelis is a native amphidromous fish in Japan and an important target for farming and recreational fishing. We have found high infection of hitherto unknown digenean metacercariae in wild ayu larvae and juveniles captured from the sea and a river in Wakayama Prefecture. The infection prevalence was 95% and 100% in larvae and juvenile ayu, respectively with variable intensities up to 566 metacercariae per fish. The metacercariae were located primarily around fins and insidedoi:10.3147/jsfp.54.93 fatcat:y7xxcez3b5gx3n32yl4ptnlisa