The crayfish plague pathogen can infect freshwater-inhabiting crabs

Svoboda J., Strand D. A. , Vralstad T., Grandjean F., Edsman L., Kozak P., ...More

FRESHWATER BIOLOGY, vol.59, no.5, pp.918-929, 2014 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 59 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/fwb.12315
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.918-929


The oomycete Aphanomyces astaci is generally considered a parasite specific to freshwater crayfish, and it has become known as the crayfish plague pathogen. Old experimental work that reported transmission of crayfish plague to the Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis, and the ability of A.astaci to grow in non-decapod crustaceans, has never been tested properly.