Hematodinium is a genus of dinoflagellates. Species in this genus, such as Hematodinium perezi, the type species, are internal parasites of the hemolymph of crustaceans such as the Atlantic blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) and Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus).[2][3][4] Species in the genus are economically damaging to commercial crab fisheries, including causing bitter crab disease in the large Tanner or snow crab fisheries of the Bering Sea.[3]


  1. ^ M. D. Guiry (ed.). "Hematodinium Chatton & Poisson, 1930: 557". AlgaeBase. National University of Ireland, Galway. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ Kennedy, Victor S.; Cronin, L. Eugene (Lewis Eugene) (2007). Blue Crab: Callinectes sapidus. College Park, Md.: Maryland Sea Grant College. ISBN 0-943676-67-3. 
  3. ^ a b Phillips, Bruce F. (2006). Lobsters: Biology, Management, Aquaculture and Fisheries. Oxford, UK ; Ames, Iowa: Blackwell Pub. ISBN 1-4051-2657-4. 
  4. ^ Li, Y. Y.; Xia, X. A.; Wu, Q. Y.; Liu, W. H.; Lin, Y. S. (2008). "Infection with Hematodinium sp. In mud crabs Scylla serrata cultured in low salinity water in southern China". Diseases of aquatic organisms 82 (2): 145–150. doi:10.3354/dao01988. PMID 19149377.  edit

Further Reading[edit]

Butler V, Mark J.; Tiggelaar II, John M.; Shields, Jeffrey D.; Butler V, Mark J. (30 September 2014). "Effects of the parasitic dinoflagellate Hematodinium perezi on blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) behavior and predation". Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 461: 381-388. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2014.09.008. 

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