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Parasite of the Month- Answer December 2020

Posted by on Dec 17, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This parasite is Zalophotrema hepaticum, a species of trematode or fluke. Pinnipeds obtain this parasite through the ingestion of...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- December 2020

Posted by on Dec 10, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This is a parasite we often find in pinnipeds. Although the most common host is the California sea lion, they are also found in Stellar’s...

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Parasite of the Month- Answer November 2020

Posted by on Nov 25, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

These ova belong to the genus Diphyllobothridea or the tapeworm. Tapeworms have a specialized scolex with suckers used to attach to the...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- November 2020

Posted by on Nov 15, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

Here at NMLC, parasites are diagnosed by examining the seal’s feces. We use a fecal float test and a statspin to isolate the parasite ova...

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Parasite of the Month- Answer October 2020

Posted by on Oct 28, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 1 comment

This parasite is Cyamus scammoni, a species of whale lice. Whale lice have hooked appendages used to latch onto the outside of whales...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- October 2020

Posted by on Oct 22, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This parasite is actually a crustacean and is only found on gray whales. They can grow up to 27mm in length and occur in large colonies....

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Parasite of the Month- Answer July 2020

Posted by on Aug 8, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This parasite is Parafilaroides gymnurus. They are found in the lungs of seals and can cause bronchopnemonia and even death.  Pictured...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- July 2020

Posted by on Jul 23, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This is a parasite that is actually quite common, but difficult to extract due to its small size and delicate nature. They are transparent...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- Answer April 2020

Posted by on May 3, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This parasite is Cryptocotyle lingua. It is a trematode that develops to maturity in seals and other fish eating mammals. It is found in...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- April 2020

Posted by on Apr 20, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This is a parasite we often see the presence of in seals through ova that is shed in the feces. It is oblong in shape and has two suckers,...

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