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Myxozoan Evolution, Ecology and Development

  • Offers readers a comprehensive overview of the field
  • Written by international experts
  • Supports further research by identifying essential open questions

By: Beth Okamura(Editor), Alexander Gruhl(Editor), Jerri L Bartholomew(Editor)

441 pages, 37 colour & 27 b/w photos and illustrations, tables


Hardback | Apr 2015 | #221449 | ISBN-13: 9783319147529
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Myxozoan Evolution, Ecology and Development 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.


1 An introduction to myxozoan evolution, ecology and development Beth Okamura, Alexander Gruhl, Jerri L. Bartholomew

Part I: Origins, Evolutionary Trends and Diversification

2 Myxozoan affinities and route to endoparasitism Beth Okamura and Alexander Gruhl
3 Cnidarian origins of the Myxozoa Beth Okamura, Alexander Gruhl and Abigail J. Reft
4 Adaptive radiation and evolution within the Myxozoa Ivan Fiala, Pavla Bartosova-Sojkova, Beth Okamura, Hanna Hartikainen
5 Classification and phylogenetics of Myxozoa Ivan Fiala, Pavla Bartosova-Sojkova, Christopher M. Whipps
6 Approaches for characterizing myxozoan species Stephen D. Atkinson, Pavla Bartosova-Sojkova, Christopher M. Whipps, Jerri L. Bartholomew
7 Myxozoans exploiting homeotherms Sascha L. Hallett, Stephen D. Atkinson, Jerri L. Bartholomew, Csaba Szekely

Part II: Development and Life Cycles
8 Cellular processes in myxozoans Stephen W. Feist, David J. Morris, Gema Alama-Bermejo and Astrid S. Holzer
9 Tissue characteristics and development in Myxozoa Alexander Gruhl and Beth Okamura
10 Myxozoan life cycles: practical approaches and insights Edit Eszterbauer, Stephen Atkinson, Arik Diamant, David Morris, Mansour El-Matbouli, Hanna Hartikainen

Part III: Host-Parasite Interactions
11 Ecology and evolution of malacosporean-bryozoan interactions Hanna Hartikainen and Beth Okamura
12 Annelid-myxosporean interactions Julie D. Alexander, Billie L Kerans, Mansour El-Matbouli, Sascha L. Hallett and Lori Stevens
13 Transmission of myxozoans to vertebrate hosts Dennis M. Kallert, Daniel S. Grabner, Hiroshi Yokoyama, Mansour El-Matbouli, Edit Eszterbauer
14 Fish immune responses to Myxozoa Ariadna Sitja-Bobadilla, Heike Schmidt-Posthaus, Thomas Wahli, Jason W. Holland, Chris J. Secombes
15 Host and environmental influences on development of disease Heike Schmidt-Posthaus, Thomas Wahli
16 Specificity of infection sites in vertebrate hosts Kalman Molnar and Edit Eszterbauer

Part IV: Disease Ecology
17 Comparative epidemiology of myxozoan diseases Ines Fontes, Sascha L. Hallett, and Tor Atle Mo
18 Myxozoans on the move: dispersal modes, exotic species and emerging diseases Sascha L. Hallett, Ashlie Hartigan and Stephen D. Atkinson
19 Modeling the effects of climate change on disease severity: A case study of Ceratonova (syn Ceratomyxa) shasta in the Klamath River R. Adam Ray, Julie D. Alexander, Patrick De Leenheer and Jerri L. Bartholomew
20 Risk assessments and approaches for evaluating myxozoan disease impacts Jerri L. Bartholomew and Billie Kerans
21 Mitigating myxozoan disease impacts on wild fish populations Simon R.M. Jones, Jerri L. Bartholomew, Jin Yong Zhang

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