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Heterobothrium Infection of Cultured Tiger Puffer, Takifugu rubripes-Infection Experiments
Gyobyo kenkyu - Fish pathology
One-year old tiger puffer, Takifugu rubripes, were infected with the monogenean, Heterobothrium okamotoi, by exposing oncomiracidia of the parasite. Maximal intensity of infection on the gills and branchial cavity wall was 79 and 76, respectively. Immature parasites were found on the gill filaments of the host for the first 5-7 weeks until they grew up to 4.3 mm in average body length. Then, they moved to the branchial cavity wall and became matured. Approximatly 40% of immature parasites weredoi:10.3147/jsfp.32.21 fatcat:i66viwo4pbhizlf42lryacyazu