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J Invertebr Pathol. 2012 Jun;110(2):225-33. doi: 10.1016/j.jip.2012.03.003. Epub 2012 Mar 10.

Diseases of wild and cultured juvenile crustaceans: Insights from below the minimum landing size.

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School of Forest Resources and Conservation and Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32653, USA.


Decapod crustaceans (i.e., lobsters, crabs, and shrimps) are all subject to disease, both in the wild and in culture. No life stage appears to be immune to some form of pathogen or parasite. However, juveniles appear to be the targets of some of the most pervasive and consequential diseases. It is therefore surprising, given the enormous economic value of adult decapods, that we know so little about the effects of pathogens on their vulnerable life stage. Here I review the significant diseases reported for juvenile decapods that support fisheries and aquaculture, and highlight research that demonstrates the advantage of incorporating juveniles and ecology in studies of disease.

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