Hematodinium perezi

Hematodinium perezi is an internal dinoflagellate parasite that infects crabs, including blue crabs, and causes bitter crab disease. Infected crabs frequently show signs of weakness and lethargy, and often die due to stress-related handling from fishing.[1] H. perezi is the type species of the genus Hematodinium.


Further Reading[edit]

Lohan, Katrina; McDowell, Jan; Shields, Jeffrey; Reece, Kimberly (February 2014). "Genotypic variation in the parasitic dinoflagellate Hematodinium perezi along the Delmarva Peninsula, Virginia". Marine Biology 161 (2): 261–273. doi:10.1007/s00227-013-2332-3. 

Small, Hamish J.; Shields, Jeffrey D.; Reece, Kimberly S.; Bateman, Kelly; Stentiford, Grant D. (2011). "Morphological and Molecular Characterization of Hematodinium perezi (Dinophyceae: Syndiniales), a Dinoflagellate Parasite of the Harbour Crab, Liocarcinus depurator". Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 59 (1): 54–66. doi:10.1111/j.1550-7408.2011.00592.x. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 

Li, Caiwen; Song, Shuqun; Liu, Yun; Chen, Tiantian (18 February 2013). "Hematodinium infections in cultured Chinese swimming crab, Portunus trituberculatus, in northern China". Elsevier: AQUACULTURE 396: 59–65. doi:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2013.02.022. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 

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