Apicomplexa-like parasites of economically important bivalves from Merambong shoals, Johor

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This study reports on the apicomplexa-like parasites in four species of economically important bivalve molluscs from the Merambong Shoal, Johor, Malaysia. Sample bivalves were collected from the Merambong Shoal seagrass from November to December 2013. The samples were processed using standard histological technique. The histological sections (5 μm thick) of the digestive gland, gonad, adductor muscle, gill, intestine and mantle were stained using a Masson's trichrome staining protocol and examined with light microscope. Results showed that gonad and the digestive gland were the most infected organs, followed by the others, while no infestation was observed in the mantle tissues. Among the bivalves, Gafrarium divaricatum and Meretrix meretrix showed higher infestation rate, followed by Perna viridis and Clausinella chlorotica. Different types of Apicomplexa parasite was recorded where P. viridis was infected by coccidian types whilst G. divaricatum, M. meretrix and C. chlorotica were infected by gregarine types of Apicomplexa. Further studies are greatly needed for better understanding of the histopathology characteristics of parasite infestation at the study area, which is very important for management of these fishery resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-120
Number of pages13
JournalMalayan Nature Journal
Volume66
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Meretrix meretrix
Perna viridis
bivalve
Bivalvia
parasite
parasites
gonads
parasite infestation
mantle
histopathology
fishery resources
light microscopes
seagrass
mollusc
Malaysia
gills
muscle
intestines
sampling
muscles

Keywords

  • Apicomplexan parasites
  • Johor straits
  • Sporozoa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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Apicomplexa-like parasites of economically important bivalves from Merambong shoals, Johor. / Azmi, Nurfauzana; Abd. Ghaffar, Mazlan; Che Cob, Zaidi.

In: Malayan Nature Journal, Vol. 66, No. 1-2, 2014, p. 108-120.

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