Elucidation of the first definitively identified life cycle for a marine turtle blood fluke (Trematoda: Spirorchiidae) enables informed control.

@article{Cribb2017ElucidationOT,
  title={Elucidation of the first definitively identified life cycle for a marine turtle blood fluke (Trematoda: Spirorchiidae) enables informed control.},
  author={Thomas H Cribb and J L Crespo-Picazo and Scott C Cutmore and Brian A. Stacy and Phoebe A. Chapman and Daniel Garc{\'i}a-P{\'a}rraga},
  journal={International journal for parasitology},
  year={2017},
  volume={47 1},
  pages={61-67}
}
Blood flukes of the family Spirorchiidae are significant pathogens of both free-ranging and captive marine turtles. Despite a significant proportion of marine turtle mortality being attributable to spirorchiid infections, details of their life cycles remain almost entirely unknown. Here we report on the molecular elucidation of the complete life cycle of a marine spirorchiid, identified as Amphiorchis sp., infecting vermetid gastropods and captive hatched neonate Caretta caretta in the Oceanogr… CONTINUE READING
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