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Parasitic Castration of the Scallop Pecten alba (Tate) by a Bucephalid Trematode

Naturevolume 212pages307308 (1966) | Download Citation



THE phenomenon of parasitic castration has been reported in many of the animal phyla including the Mollusca1–4. Investigations into the biology and ecology of scallops in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, have revealed an interesting example of parasitic castration in Pecten alba.

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    Von Brand, T., Chemical Physiology of Endoparasitic Animals (Academic Press, New York, 1952).

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    Caullery, M., Parasitism and Symbiosis (Sidgwick and Jackson, Ltd., London, 1952).

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    Charniaux-Cotton, Helen, The Physiology of Crustacea, 1, 411 (Academic Press, New York, 1960).

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    Nicol, J. A. C., The Biology of Marine Animals (Pitman Press, London, 1960).

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    Mason, J., J. Mar. Biol. Assoc. U.K., 37, 653 (1958).

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    Harrison, A. J., thesis, Univ. Tasmania (1961).

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  1. Fisheries and Wildlife Department, 605 Flinders Street Extension, Melbourne

    • M. J. SANDERS


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