Cephalopod Senescence and Parasitology

  title={Cephalopod Senescence and Parasitology},
  author={Katina Roumbedakis and {\'A}ngel Guerra},
  journal={Handbook of Pathogens and Diseases in Cephalopods},
In the majority of the shallow-water cephalopod species, senescence is a short stage of their lifespan, which takes place at the end of sexual maturity. Senescence is not a disease, although senescent cephalopods can be frequently mistaken with diseased animals. Senescence is accompanied by physiological, immunological and behavioural changes, which are briefly exposed in this chapter. A suppressed immune system may increase susceptibility to parasite infection in senescent cephalopods. High… 

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