Hematodinium perezi

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Hematodinium perezi
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
(unranked): SAR
(unranked): Alveolata
Phylum: Dinoflagellata
Class: Dinophyceae
Order: Peridiniales
Family: Syndiniaceae
Genus: Hematodinium
Species: H. perezi
Binomial name
Hematodinium perezi
Chatton & Poisson, 1931

Hematodinium perezi is an internal dinoflagellate parasite that infects crabs, including blue crabs, and causes bitter crab disease. Infected crabs frequently show signs of weakness and lethargy, and often die due to stress-related handling from fishing.[1] H. perezi is the type species of the genus Hematodinium.


Further reading[edit]

Lohan, Katrina; McDowell, Jan; Shields, Jeffrey; Reece, Kimberly (February 2014). "Genotypic variation in the parasitic dinoflagellate Hematodinium perezi along the Delmarva Peninsula, Virginia". Marine Biology. 161 (2): 261–273. doi:10.1007/s00227-013-2332-3. 

Small, Hamish J.; Shields, Jeffrey D.; Reece, Kimberly S.; Bateman, Kelly; Stentiford, Grant D. (2011). "Morphological and molecular characterization of Hematodinium perezi (Dinophyceae: Syndiniales), a dinoflagellate parasite of the harbour crab, Liocarcinus depurator". Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology. 59 (1): 54–66. doi:10.1111/j.1550-7408.2011.00592.x. 

Li, Caiwen; Song, Shuqun; Liu, Yun; Chen, Tiantian (18 February 2013). "Hematodinium infections in cultured Chinese swimming crab, Portunus trituberculatus, in northern China". Aquaculture. 396: 59–65. doi:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2013.02.022.