Diseases

Buddenbrockia allmani parasites in L. crystallinus

Buddenbrockia allmani parasites in L. crystallinus (Image by Samantha Hill)

 

The myxozoan parasite, Buddenbrockia allmani, is parasitic in L. crystallinus (Canning et al. 2007) and reduces colony growth, fission and statoblast production (Hill and Okamura, 2007).

No other bryozoan hosts are known for B. allmani nor has it been linked with any fish disease (Hill et al. 2007). A close relative (Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae) is known to cause a disease of salmonid fish (Anderson et al. 1999).