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Marine Parasitology

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Marine Parasitology

Edited by:
Klaus Rohde   University of New England

Photographs, Illustrations, Tables, Bibliography, Index
592 pages, 248 x 170 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

    Hardback - 2005
ISBN: 9780643090255 - AU $170.00

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This comprehensive, authoritative and up-to-date work provides the definitive overview of marine parasites worldwide. It is an invaluable reference for students and researchers in parasitology and marine biology and will also be of interest to ecologists, aquaculturists and invertebrate biologists.

Initial chapters review the diversity and basic biology of the different groups of marine parasites, discussing their morphology, life cycles, infection mechanisms and effects on hosts. The ecology and importance of marine parasites are discussed in the second part of the book, where contributions investigate behavioural and ecological aspects of parasitism and discuss the evolution and zoogeography of marine parasites. In addition, the economic, environmental and medical significance of these organisms is outlined, particularly their importance in aquaculture and their effects on marine mammals and birds.

Written by an international team of contributors, the emphasis is on a thorough grounding in marine parasitology combined with reviews of novel concepts and cutting-edge research.


  • Combines detailed and well-illustrated coverage of all marine parasite groups with information on ecology and recent advances in marine parasite research;
  • Gives an overview of the importance of parasites in the marine system, written in a way that can be understood by non-parasitologists;
  • Features contributions by leading scientists from around the world.




Chapter 1. The nature of parasitism

Chapter 2. Protistan parasites and Myxozoa

Chapter 3. Helminth parasites

Chapter 4. Crustacean parasites

Chapter 5. Minor groups and fossils

Chapter 6. Behavioural aspects of parasitism

Chapter 7. Ecology

Chapter 8. Coevolution and speciation

Chapter 9. Zoogeography

Chapter 10. Economic and environmental importance

Chapter 11. Medical importance


  View Chapter 1 from Marine Parasitology. 

 Researchers and students in parasitology, marine biology, aquaculture, marine ecology, invertebrate morphology and biology. 

 "This volume will be useful not only to those involved in marine biological research, but to biologists in general who wish to add another dimension to their backgrounds."
John J. McDermott (The Quarterly Review of Biology, vol. 82, no.3, September 2007)

"This work should be considered the standard in its field. Individuals interested in parasites in any natural system would be rewarded by referring to this work. The rigor of the material presented is appropriate for scientifically sophisticated readers. Highly recommended."
S.R. Fegley, Maine Maritime Academy, Choice Reviews Online

"The editor of this book, Professor Klaus Rohde… has to be congratulated on having achieved publication of such a unique monograph. It offers a very thorough review of the present knowledge on virtually all marine parasites and most of what concerns their biology and ecology."
Jiri Lom (Folia Parasitologica 53 2006)

"I think this is a very important piece of work. I would strongly urge anyone with an interest in marine parasites , and marine biologists in general, to purchase it for your own bookshelf."
Gerald W. Esch (American Society of Parasitologists 2006)

"This is a beautiful book, and I recommend it for everybody with an interest in marine ecology."
Peter Heuch (Monoculus, newsletter of the World Association for Copepodologists)

 Klaus Rohde is Professor Emeritus at the University of New England, Australia, and the author of the well-known book Ecology of Marine Parasites. As editor of Marine Parasitology he has assembled contributions by 75 scientists from around the world, all leaders in their fields. 

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