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Amyloodinium Infections of Marine Fish

Peggy Reed and Ruth Francis-Floyd

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Amyloodinium ocellatum is a dinoflagellate that infects the gills and skin of both marine and brackish water fishes. The organism may be more closely related to a toxic algae than to the protozoans with which it has been grouped in the past. A similar organism, Oodinium spp., is found in freshwater fish. The disease caused by these organisms has been referred to as "velvet," "rust" and "gold dust disease" because of the shiny sheen the parasite imparts to heavily infected fish.
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