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Mauritz Sterner III ssterner at unlinfo.unl.edu
Tue Nov 7 08:50:19 EST 1995

In message <47mhad$5it$1 at mhade.production.compuserve.com>, Clare Starrett 
<70742.235 at CompuServe.COM> writes:

>Over the past 4 weeks we have been experiencing a massive 
>fish-kill involving only catfish.  They are washing up onto the 
>beaches in West Central Florida.  Dead fish are seen daily 
>floating in the Gulf of Mexico and in Tampa Bay.  The local news 
>and weather people in Bradenton and Sarasota say that the cause 
>is "unknown" and that "not much is known about catfish" however 
>scientists suspect that it is a "parasite."  Does anyone out 
>there know of epidemics in saltwater catfish?

There have been freshwater dieoff of catfish associated with amyxozoan parasite 
located on the gills.  Has anyone checked for these parasites?
>Clare Starrett,  Bradenton, FL

Skip Sterner, Collection Manager 
HW Manter Laboratory of Parasitology
Division of Parasitology
W-529 Nebraska Hall
University of Nebraska State Museum
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0514

Tel: 402-472-3334
Fax: 402-472-8949
e-mail:  ssterner at unlinfo.unl.ed

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