Effects on the host have been studied by Russian workers on Amphilina foliacea infecting sturgeon. Worms in the body cavity penetrate the liver, gonads and muscles, leading to hyperaemia and haemorrhages followed by extensive inflammation. Capsules are formed around the parasites, which, however, continue to grow, and which can leave the capsule. Haemoglobin levels, the number of red blood cells, fat content etc. are also affected (Andreev and Markov, 1971; Popova and Davydov, 1988).
Amphilinidea Effects on the HostKlaus Rohde
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University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
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