The longest running Amphibian Community on the Internet.

Tags Register FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Caudata.org Store


Do wild gammarus carry parasites?

This is a discussion on Do wild gammarus carry parasites? within the Scuds, Freshwater Shrimp, Slaters, Woodlice, etc forums, part of the Food: Live, Frozen, Freeze-Dried, Pellets, etc category; Do wild gammarus carry parasites that can be passed on to amphibians? How about other wild crustaceans, does anybody know?...

Reply

 

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 31st March 2017   #1 (permalink)
Member
 
Herpin Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Posts: 33
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: Herpin Man has shown reliable knowledgeHerpin Man has shown reliable knowledge
Default Do wild gammarus carry parasites?

Do wild gammarus carry parasites that can be passed on to amphibians?
How about other wild crustaceans, does anybody know?



Herpin Man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st April 2017   #2 (permalink)
Member
 
Blackbun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Nationality:
Posts: 277
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: Blackbun has given consistently excellent advice and informationBlackbun has given consistently excellent advice and informationBlackbun has given consistently excellent advice and informationBlackbun has given consistently excellent advice and information
Default Re: Do wild gammarus carry parasites?

Absolutely yes:
e.g. https://www.evolution.uni-bonn.de/ar...-predation.pdf

Google Scholar has stacks



Blackbun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st April 2017   #3 (permalink)
Member
 
Herpin Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Posts: 33
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: Herpin Man has shown reliable knowledgeHerpin Man has shown reliable knowledge
Default Re: Do wild gammarus carry parasites?

So how is parasite transmission best avoided when using gammarus? If I culture them, would the parasites not be transmitted to subsequent generations?



Herpin Man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd May 2017   #4 (permalink)
Site Contributor
 
jewett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Nationality:
Location: [ Members Only ]
Age: 36
Posts: 811
Gallery Images: 25
Comments: 0
Rep: jewett is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgjewett is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgjewett is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgjewett is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgjewett is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgjewett is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgjewett is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgjewett is considered an Authority at Caudata.orgjewett is considered an Authority at Caudata.org
Default Re: Do wild gammarus carry parasites?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Herpin Man View Post
So how is parasite transmission best avoided when using gammarus? If I culture them, would the parasites not be transmitted to subsequent generations?
A little late but anyway...

From what I have read, for the parasite in question to reproduce it needs more than one host species. So, the parasite babies infect the gammarus and alter their behavior by making them swim towards the surface of water (as opposed to hiding in bottom muck or plants) where the scuds are then eaten by waterfowl. Its in the digest tract of the birds that the parasite can complete its life cycle, and the birds poop out more baby parasites that in turn will go on to infect scuds, that will then be eaten by birds, and on and on.

So, if you want to catch wild scuds and begin culturing them, they should be parasite free after the first generation all dies out as long as the culture never comes in contact with ducks that will poop in it. But you will need a bit of patience to wait for that first generation to all die out and only be left with subsequent generations - I have read that a single scud may be able to live for as long as a year.

HJ



__________________
"A newt, she decided, was a useful thing to have around." Roald Dahl

"Anyone who is disturbed by the idea of newts in a nightclub is potentially dangerous." Frank Zappa
jewett is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
gammarus, parasite, scud

LinkBack
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads

Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mexican Gammarus KevinMarshall FS: United Kingdom (just UK) 0 13th May 2014 19:37
Gammarus (Scuds) olivia newt Scuds, Freshwater Shrimp, Slaters, Woodlice, etc 24 3rd January 2012 22:57
Salamanders as carry-on mizzerman Off-Topic 12 1st February 2011 19:52
Gammarus frequenc Wanted (International not covered by the above) 0 26th December 2009 05:56
Gammarus and their parasites. Azhael Scuds, Freshwater Shrimp, Slaters, Woodlice, etc 4 6th August 2009 21:32


All times are GMT. The time now is 00:19.