Coccidian infection may explain the differences in the life history of octopus host populations.

@article{Storero2013CoccidianIM,
  title={Coccidian infection may explain the differences in the life history of octopus host populations.},
  author={L. Storero and M. Narvarte},
  journal={Journal of invertebrate pathology},
  year={2013},
  volume={114 3},
  pages={
          222-5
        }
}
The prevalence of coccidian parasites in three Octopus tehuelchus populations from San Matías Gulf (Patagonia, Argentina) is compared. The prevalence was similar between sexes, but varied between seasons (being highest during cold months) and sites. Islote Lobos had the highest prevalence (42.7-100%) followed by San Antonio Bay (0-66%) and El Fuerte (0-24.5%). Octopuses under 27 mm of dorsal mantle length showed a low prevalence (less than 50%), which increased with size. We hypothesize that… Expand

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