Portland State University. Department of Biology
Byron E. Lippert
Date of Publication
Master of Science (M.S.) in Biology
Saprolegnia, Smallmouth bass, Goldfish, Fishes -- Parasites
1 online resource (33 p.)
This study consisted of several experiments designed to compare the ability of two species of fungi, Saprolegnia ferax and S. parasitica to grow on two species of fish, smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieui) and goldfish (Carassius auratus), and to determine the criteria necessary for the development of these infections.
The results indicate that water in the fish tanks must be slightly acid (pH 6), warm (22°C), nonmoving, and that the fish must be wounded in order for fungal infection to occur. Cool water (18°C) and moving water, caused by aeration and filtration, are detrimental to fungal colony formation so that no infection occurs.
Both S. ferax and S. parasitica infected both species of fish, on an average of three days after innoculation. The S. ferax infected a higher percentage of both fishes than did the S. parasitica. The difference in susceptibility of the two fish species to the fungi was negligible.
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McGinley, Cheryl A., "Infection of smallmouth bass and goldfish by two species of Saprolegnia" (1974). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2166.