Candidatus Renichlamydia lutjani, a Gram-negative bacterium in internal organs of blue striped snapper Lutjanus kasmira from Hawaii

Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
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Abstract

The blue-striped snapper Lutjanus kasmira (Perciformes, Lutjanidae) are cosmopolitan in the Indo-Pacific but were introduced into Oahu, Hawaii, USA, in the 1950s and have since colonized most of the archipelago. Studies of microparasites in blue-striped snappers from Hawaii revealed chlamydia-like organisms (CLO) infecting the spleen and kidney, characterized by intracellular basophilic granular inclusions containing Gram-negative and Gimenez-positive bacteria similar in appearance to epitheliocysts when seen under light microscopy. We provide molecular evidence that CLO are a new member of Chlamydiae, i.e. Candidatus Renichlamydia lutjani, that represents the first reported case of chlamydial infection in organs other than the gill in fishes.

 

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Candidatus Renichlamydia lutjani, a Gram-negative bacterium in internal organs of blue striped snapper Lutjanus kasmira from Hawaii
Series title Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
DOI 10.3354/dao02441
Volume 98
Issue 3
Year Published 2012
Language English
Publisher Inter-Research
Contributing office(s) National Wildlife Health Center
Description 5 p.
First page 249
Last page 254
Country United States
State Hawai'i
Other Geospatial Oahu
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N