A health status survey of clams, Mya arenaria and Ensis siliqua, in the Irish Sea

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Cross, Maud E.
Lynch, Sharon A.
O'Riordan, Ruth M.
Culloty, Sarah C.
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The soft shell clam, Mya arenaria, and the razor clam, Ensis siliqua, are widely distributed in Irish waters. Though the reproductive biology and other aspects of the physiology of these species has been previously investigated, little or no data are currently available on their health status. As this knowledge is essential for correct management of a species, M. arenaria and E. siliqua were examined to assess their current health status using histological and molecular methods, over a period of sixteen months. No pathogens or disease were observed in M. arenaria, and low incidences of Prokaryote inclusions, trematode parasites, Nematopsis spp. and eosinophilic bodies were recorded in razor clams for the first time in Northern European waters.
Ensis siliqua , Mya arenaria , Irish Sea , Nematopsis , Trematode
CROSS, M. E., LYNCH, S., O’RIORDAN, R. M. & CULLOTY, S. C. 2014. A health status survey of clams, Mya arenaria and Ensis siliqua, in the Irish Sea. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. (In Press) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jip.2014.11.001
Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jip.2014.11.001