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Marine Parasite of the Month- July 2021

Posted by on Jul 26, 2021 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

Some parasites can do crazy things, but this month’s parasite can actually change the gender of a crab. A mud crab-specific parasite,...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- Answer June 2021

Posted by on Jul 5, 2021 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

The parasite for this month was Toxoplasma gondii, the toxoplasmosis disease-causing parasite. When marine mammals contract this disease,...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- June 2021

Posted by on Jun 27, 2021 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This parasite is a protozoan that infects most warm-blooded animals, including humans, and causes the disease toxoplasmosis. As far as...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- April 2021

Posted by on Apr 25, 2021 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This type of parasite is common in pinnipeds and there are two different species commonly seen in the seals here at NMLC. Their life cycle...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- March 2021

Posted by on Mar 18, 2021 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This parasite is most commonly reported in cetaceans, but some cases has been seen in pinnipeds, fish and rarely humans. It is...

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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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