Polychaetes as hosts of parasites

Petersen, Mary Elizabeth MEPetersen at zmuc.ku.dk
Tue Jan 29 15:30:00 EST 2002

Hi Folks! Greetings from a stormy Denmark.

I suspect the person who knows most about trematodes in polychaetes is 
Marianne Køie (mkoie at zi.ku.dk), at the Marine Biological Laboratory in 
Helsingør, Denmark. I don't think there are very many, but Marianne would 
know what is there.  

Best regards and good luck,


Mary E. Petersen
Tel +45-35 32 10 67 - Fax +45-35 32 10 10
E-mail: mepetersen at zmuc.ku.dk

 -----Original Message-----
From: 	Pat Hutchings [mailto:path at austmus.gov.au] 
Sent:	Tuesday, January 29, 2002 2:48 AM
To:	annelida at net.bio.net
Subject:	Re: Polychaetes as hosts of parasites

Hi folks, I have had a request from a parasitologist from the Univeristy of
Queensland -- see below - and I was unable to help him -- wondering if any 
you out there have seen such infections    

Tom Cribb wrote--

"My interest is in trematodes of marine fishes.  Almost without exception 
trematodes use molluscs as first intermediate hosts; asexual stages 
(sporocysts, rediae & cercariae occur in the haemocoel).  The exception is 
the fish blood flukes (Sanguinicolidae) which may use polychaetes. At 
present there are reports of sanguinicolids from ampharetids and (more 
commonly) serpulids and terebellids.  I have a student studying 
sanguinicolids for his PhD and we are keen to find infections in 
polychaetes.  So the question is, do you ever see trematode infections in 
the polychaetes that come your way, and do you have any thoughts on 
prevalences and effective approaches to looking for infections.  We are 
familiar with approaches to looking for infected molluscs but polychaetes 
are rather foreign to us". --   

Any responses to me as I am also interested in the outcome and then I will
forward then to Tom and he may then wish to communicate with you 
Cheers and thankyou  Pat  

Dr Pat Hutchings 
Principal Research Scientist 
Marine Invertebrates
Australian Museum
6 College Street
Sydney 2010 Australia

PH:	61-2-9320 6243
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path at austmus.gov.au
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Just released the Catalogue of Australian Polychaetes- an update of Day 
Hutchings (1979). You can find it at
http://www.environment.gov.au/abrs/abif-fauna/volswww.htm. Polychaete &
Allies, Fauna of Australia Vol 4a- 2000-for sales see sales at publish.csiro.au

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