Nanophyetus salmincola

Na·no·phy·e·tus sal·min·co·la

(na-nō'fī-ĕ-tŭs sal-min'kō-lă),
A digenetic fish-borne fluke (family Nanophyetidae) of dogs and other fish-eating mammals; the vector of Neorickettsia helmintheca, the agent of salmon poisoning.


a genus of digenetic trematodes in the family Nanophyetidae, parasites in the intestines of mammals.

Nanophyetus salmincola
found in the small intestines of cats, dogs and many small, wild mammals, and occasionally in piscivorous birds and humans. The second intermediate host is fish. The fluke carries the rickettsia that causes salmon poisoning and elokomin fluke fever in the terminal host.
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Jacobson KC, Teel D, Van Doornik DM, Casillas E (2008) Parasite-associated mortality of juvenile Pacific salmon caused by the trematode Nanophyetus salmincola during early marine residence.