Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Ichthyophonus

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_3960
This genus includes fungi that induce skin lesions in fish which are very similar to effects of animal parasites (Figs. 1 and 2).
Ichthyophonus, Fig. 1

Macroscopic presentation of a so-called discus fish parasitized by Ichthyophonus stages (white fields and filament-like strands at the lower side). In addition the tail is damaged by bites of skin worms

Ichthyophonus, Fig. 2

Diagrammatic representation of hyphen formation (1) and formation of endospores of Ichthyophonus. Each spore grows up into a multinucleated, thick-walled stage (1) as soon as it gets into contact with another fish or another region of the skin of the same fish

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany