1 National Veterinary Institute, Technical University of Denmark2 Technical University of Denmark
Farmed eel cultured in recirculation systems in Denmark were found infected by Trichodina jadranica Raabe, 1958. Associations between parasite abundance and fish size was examined in 2 different production systems. In one system, stocked with relatively well-nourished eels (3 to 31 g), most of the parasites (66%) were found on the dorsal part on the skin and relatively few were found on the gills (approx. 8%). The infection level was significantly positively correlated both with fish weight and length. In the other system, stocked with relatively malnourished small eels (0.5 to 4 g), significantly more parasites (0.06 ± 0.02 [SD]) were present on fish with a low condition factor than on fish with a higher condition factor (0.13 ± 0.01 [SD]). In this eel stock the vast majority of the trichodines were found on the gills.
Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 2000, Vol 42, Issue 2, p. 149-152