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Myxozoan Evolution, Ecology and Development

  • Beth Okamura
  • Alexander Gruhl
  • Jerri L. Bartholomew

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Beth Okamura, Alexander Gruhl, Jerri L. Bartholomew
    Pages 1-20
  3. Origins, Evolutionary Trends and Diversification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Beth Okamura, Alexander Gruhl
      Pages 23-44
    3. Beth Okamura, Alexander Gruhl, Abigail J. Reft
      Pages 45-68
    4. Ivan Fiala, Pavla Bartošová-Sojková, Beth Okamura, Hanna Hartikainen
      Pages 69-84
    5. Ivan Fiala, Pavla Bartošová-Sojková, Christopher M. Whipps
      Pages 85-110
    6. Stephen D. Atkinson, Pavla Bartošová-Sojková, Christopher M. Whipps, Jerri L. Bartholomew
      Pages 111-123
    7. Sascha L. Hallett, Stephen D. Atkinson, Jerri L. Bartholomew, Csaba Székely
      Pages 125-135
  4. Development and Life Cycles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Stephen W. Feist, David J. Morris, Gema Alama-Bermejo, Astrid S. Holzer
      Pages 139-154
    3. Alexander Gruhl, Beth Okamura
      Pages 155-174
    4. Edit Eszterbauer, Stephen Atkinson, Arik Diamant, David Morris, Mansour El-Matbouli, Hanna Hartikainen
      Pages 175-198
  5. Host-Parasite Interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Hanna Hartikainen, Beth Okamura
      Pages 201-216
    3. Julie D. Alexander, Billie L. Kerans, Mansour El-Matbouli, Sascha L. Hallett, Lori Stevens
      Pages 217-234
    4. Dennis M. Kallert, Daniel S. Grabner, Hiroshi Yokoyama, Mansour El-Matbouli, Edit Eszterbauer
      Pages 235-251
    5. Ariadna Sitjà-Bobadilla, Heike Schmidt-Posthaus, Thomas Wahli, Jason W. Holland, Chris J. Secombes
      Pages 253-280
    6. Heike Schmidt-Posthaus, Thomas Wahli
      Pages 281-293
    7. Kálmán Molnár, Edit Eszterbauer
      Pages 295-313

About this book


This book provides an up-to-date review of the biology of myxozoans, which represent a divergent clade of endoparasitic cnidarians. Myxozoans are of fundamental interest in understanding how early diverging metazoans have adopted parasitic lifestyles, and are also of considerable economic and ecological concern as endoparasites of fish. Synthesizing recent research, the chapters explore issues such as myxozoan origins; evolutionary trends and diversification; development and life cycles; interactions with hosts; immunology; disease ecology; the impacts of climate change on disease; risk assessment; emerging diseases; and disease mitigation. This comprehensive work will appeal to a wide readership, from invertebrate zoologists, evolutionary biologists and developmental biologists to ecologists and parasitologists. It will also be of great practical interest to fisheries and conservation biologists. The identification of key areas for future research will appeal to scientists at all levels.


Adaptive radiation Cnidaria Coevolution Endoparasite Endoparasitism Fish endoparasites Fish immune response Host-parasite interaction Invertebrate development Macroparasites Malacosporea Microparasites Myxosporea Myxozoa Myxozoan disease impacts

Editors and affiliations

  • Beth Okamura
    • 1
  • Alexander Gruhl
    • 2
  • Jerri L. Bartholomew
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Life SciencesNatural History MuseumLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Life SciencesNatural History MuseumLondonUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Department of MicrobiologyOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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