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Handbook of Pathogens and Diseases in Cephalopods

  • Camino Gestal
  • Santiago Pascual
  • Ángel Guerra
  • Graziano Fiorito
  • Juan M. Vieites
  • Includes a comprehensive overview of the pathologies observed in wild and aquarium-maintained cephalopods

  • Presents fundamental aspects of the anatomical and histological structures of cephalopods

  • Features the identification of different pathogens, histopathologies and diagnosis of diseases in cephalopods

  • Useful for marine pathologists, parasitologists, veterinarians and those involved in fishery sanitary assessment, aquarium maintenance and aquaculture practice

Open Access

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Camino Gestal, Santiago Pascual, Ángel Guerra, Graziano Fiorito, Juan M. Vieites
    Pages 1-4 Open Access
  3. Juan M. Vieites, Carlos S. Ruiz, Felicidad Fernández, Roberto C. Alonso
    Pages 5-7 Open Access
  4. Functional Anatomy and Histology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Raquel Fernández-Gago, Pilar Molist, Ramón Anadón
      Pages 87-109 Open Access
  5. Pathogens and Related Diseases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Jane L. Polglase
      Pages 113-122 Open Access
    3. María Prado-Álvarez, Pablo García-Fernández
      Pages 123-125 Open Access
    4. Rosa Farto, Gianluca Fichi, Camino Gestal, Santiago Pascual, Teresa Pérez Nieto
      Pages 127-142 Open Access
    5. Sheila Castellanos-Martínez, Camino Gestal, Santiago Pascual, Ivona Mladineo, Carlos Azevedo
      Pages 143-152 Open Access
    6. Dhikra Souidenne, Hidetaka Furuya
      Pages 153-158 Open Access
    7. Hidetaka Furuya, Dhikra Souidenne
      Pages 159-168 Open Access
    8. Santiago Pascual, Elvira Abollo, Ivona Mladineo, Camino Gestal
      Pages 169-179 Open Access
    9. Antonio V. Sykes, Kerry Perkins, Panos Grigoriou, Eduardo Almansa
      Pages 181-191 Open Access
    10. Letizia Zullo, Pamela Imperadore
      Pages 193-199 Open Access
    11. Camino Gestal, Santiago Pascual, Sarah Culloty
      Pages 201-206 Open Access
    12. Katina Roumbedakis, Ángel Guerra
      Pages 207-211 Open Access
    13. Yanis Cruz-Quintana, Jonathan Fabricio Lucas Demera, Leonela Griselda Muñoz-Chumo, Ana María Santana-Piñeros, Sheila Castellanos-Martínez, Ma. Leopoldina Aguirre-Macedo
      Pages 213-226 Open Access

About this book


The aim of this open access book is to facilitate the identification and description of the different organs as well as pathogens and diseases affecting the most representative species of cephalopods focussed on Sepia officinalis, Loligo vulgaris and Octopus vulgaris. These species are valuable ‘morphotype’ models and belong to the taxonomic groups Sepioidea, Myopsida and Octopoda, which include most of the species with a high market value and aquaculture potential. The study is based on photographs at macroscopic and histological level in order to illustrate the role of the most important pathogens and related diseases from the view of a pathological diagnosis. The reader is able to familiarize with functional anatomy, necropsy and general histology of adults and paralarvae, as well as with the identification of different pathogens and pathologies. This work is thus an invaluable guide for the diagnosis of cephalopod diseases. Besides including pathogens for non-European cephalopod species, it also provides a useful contribution encouraging marine pathologists, parasitologists, veterinarians and those involved in fishery sanitary assessments, aquarium maintenance and aquaculture practices aiming to increase their knowledge about the pathology of cephalopods.


Open Access Cephalopod diseases Cephalopod histology and anatomy Cephalopod regeneration Protist coccidian and ciliates Metazoa Aquarium Aquaculture Cephalopod necropsy Cephalopod pathology Cephalopod parasites Model invertebrates

Editors and affiliations

  • Camino Gestal
    • 1
  • Santiago Pascual
    • 2
  • Ángel Guerra
    • 3
  • Graziano Fiorito
    • 4
  • Juan M. Vieites
    • 5
  1. 1.Institute of Marine ResearchSpanish National Research Council (CSIC)VigoSpain
  2. 2.Institute of Marine ResearchSpanish National Research Council (CSIC)VigoSpain
  3. 3.Institute of Marine ResearchSpanish National Research Council (CSIC)VigoSpain
  4. 4.Association for Cephalopod Research (CephRes)NaplesItaly

About the editors

Camino Gestal, Aquatic Molecular Pathobiology Group, Institute of Marine Research (IIM-CSIC), Vigo, Spain

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