Effect of salinity on osmoregulation and survival of a rhizocephalan parasite,Loxothylacus panopaei, and its crab host,Rhithropanopeus harrisii

@article{Reisser1991EffectOS,
  title={Effect of salinity on osmoregulation and survival of a rhizocephalan parasite,Loxothylacus panopaei, and its crab host,Rhithropanopeus harrisii},
  author={Christelle E. Reisser and Richard B. Forward},
  journal={Estuaries},
  year={1991},
  volume={14},
  pages={102-106}
}
The rhizocephalanLoxothylacus panopaei parasitizes the estuarine crabRhithropanopeus harrisii. Parasitized crabs are abundant during summers when salinities increase to around 15‰ in the crab–s habitat and scarce when salinities are lower. The two hypotheses that were proposed to explain this pattern were (1) that the parasite interferes with crab osmoregulation causing the host to die in low salinity water and (2) that salinity tolerance of the parasite larvae controls the incidence of… CONTINUE READING

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