The Occurrence of an Ichthyobodo-like Organism on Captive Atlantic Spadefish, Chaetodipterus faber
IAAAM 1994
Karen Bokeny1; Gregory Lewbart1; Gayle Piner2
1North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary, Medicine Raleigh, NC; 2North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, Atlantic Beach, NC

Two spadefish (Chaetodipterus faber) from a public aquarium in North Carolina were presented to the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine for dark coloration and cloudy eyes. On physical examination, most body surfaces were covered with a thin layer of mucus and the corneas were opaque. Skin and gill biopsies taken for light histology and electron microscopy showed Cryptocaryon sp. and an Ichthyohodo-like organism. This is the first reported case of an Ichthyabodo-like organism in a sub-tropical marine fish. The fish were treated with formalin, trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole, and metronidazole. Subsequent biopsies were negative, and the fish were returned to the aquarium.

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