, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 217-238

Cryptocaryon irritans Brown 1951, the cause of ‘white spot disease’ in marine fish: an update

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Abstract

Cryptocaryon irritans Brown 1951, a holotrichous ciliate parasite of marine fishes, causes ‘marine white spot disease’. In aquaria, C. irritans can cause acute damage and heavy mortalities to marine teleosts. Although first described 60 years ago, only within the last decade has detailed information emerged concerning its life cycle, transmission and pathogenesis. An update of our knowledge of this important aquarium fish parasite is presented here.

This revised version was published online in October 2005 with corrections to the Cover Date.