Plistophora

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Plistophora

obligate, intracellular parasites, mostly of fish, belonging to the class Microsporidea.

Plistophora anguillarum
occurs in the muscles of eels and causes body deformities when muscles atrophy.
Plistophora cepedianae
produces large cysts that protrude from the body wall of affected fish.
Plistophora hyphessobryconis
found in the skeletal muscles of aquarium fish causing 'neon fish disease'. The muscles are patchily transparent and the fish lose their balance and the fins degenerate.
Plistophora macrozoarcidis
causes the development of cysts and tumors in the muscles of marine fish.
Plistophora ovariae
infects the ovaries of minnows causing infertility.
Plistophora salmonae
infects the gills of trout causing clubbing and fusion.