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A Protozoa I Disease of South African Trawled Fish and its Routine Detection by Fluorescence

Nature volume 159, page 714 (24 May 1947) | Download Citation

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RECENT investigations into the problems of (a) 'mealiness' of the cooked flesh of the Cape John Dory (Zeus capensis) and (b) milky spots in smoked fillets of the stockfish (Merlucius capensis) have revealed that the abnormalities are a consequence of heavy infections of the muscle fibre by a protozoal parasite. The parasite is identical to that described by Gilchrist1 as Chloromyxum thyrsites causing the 'pap' condition of the snoek (Thyrsites atun). Fantham2, however, suggested that the organism might be identical to Chloromyxum quadratum, Thélohans.

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    , Trans. Roy. Soc. S. Africa, 11, 263 (1924).

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    , Proc. S. African Assoc. Adv. Sci., 346 (1925).

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  1. Low Temperature Research Laboratory, Cape Town. March 31.

    • REES DAVIES
    •  & E. BEYERS

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