TITLE

Double blow: Alien crayfish infected with invasive temnocephalan in South African waters

AUTHOR(S)
du Preez, Louis; Smit, Nico
PUB. DATE
September 2013
SOURCE
South African Journal of Science;Sep/Oct2013, Vol. 109 Issue 9/10, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Trade in live, freshwater crayfish for ornamental markets, as well as for aquaculture, has grown rapidly and has become the major pathway for the introduction of non-indigenous crayfish species to several countries worldwide. Here we report on the first record of the Australian 'redclaw' Cherax quadracarinatus in the natural waters of a game reserve in South Africa. To compound the situation, these redclaw crayfish were infected with a non-indigenous temnocephalan flatworm parasite. Both crayfish and temnocephalan were in full breeding condition, with young. Further spreading of this crayfish to the subtropical, water-rich, northern KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa and southern Mozambique is predicted. Not only might the crayfish compete with indigenous aquatic invertebrates but the non-host-specific temnocephalan might transfer to local decapods, such as freshwater crabs.
ACCESSION #
91747918

 

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