alexa First Episode of Shell Disease Syndrome in Carcinus aestuarii (Crustacea: Decapoda: Portunidae) in the Volturno River
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Case Report

First Episode of Shell Disease Syndrome in Carcinus aestuarii (Crustacea: Decapoda: Portunidae) in the Volturno River

Monique Mancuso1*, Renata Zaccone1, Francesca Carella2, Paola Maiolino3 and Gionata De Vico2

1Institute of Coastal Marine Environment, UOS of Messina (IAMC)-CNR Spianata S. Raineri, 86, 98122, Messina, Italy

2Dept of Biological Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, via Mezzocannone 8, 80134, Naples, Italy

3Dept of Pathology and animal health, University of Naples Federico II, Via Federico Delpino, 1, 80137, Naples, Italy

*Corresponding Author:
Monique Mancuso
Institute of Coastal Marine Environment
Section of Messina (IAMC)-CNR Spianata S. Raineri
86, 98122, Messina, Italy
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: June 24, 2013; Accepted Date: July 25, 2013; Published Date: July 29, 2013

Citation: Mancuso M, Zaccone R, Carella F, Maiolino P, Vico GD (2013) First Episode of Shell Disease Syndrome in Carcinus aestuarii (Crustacea: Decapoda: Portunidae) in the Volturno River. J Aquac Res Development 4:191 doi:10.4172/2155-9546.1000191

Copyright: © 2013 Mancuso M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



In this study is reported the first episode of a Shell Disease Syndrome (SDS) in wild specimens of Carcinus aestuarii from the polluted Volturno River estuary. Collected crabs showed erosive and ulcerative “black spot” lesions on the exoskeleton; histologically the lesions ranged from a mild to extensive and severe damages and intense haemocyte infiltration. Bacterial isolation confirmed the presence of some marine bacterial species with chitinolytic activity. The authors suggest that the detection of sds in wild crabs living in polluted waters could be used to monitor the health status of this environment.

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