Original paper

A previously undescribed set of Saprolegnia spp. in the invasive spiny-cheek crayfish (Orconectes limosus, Rafinesque)

Hirsch, Philipp Emanuel; Nechwatal, Jan; Fischer, Philipp


Coinciding with a population decline in the invasive spiny-cheek crayfish Orconectes limosus in Lake Constance, SW Germany, we found crayfish specimens with a fungus-like Aufwuchs which after DNA-isolation and sequencing was identified as consisting of a set of previously undescribed Saprolegnia species. This finding may have implications for the farming and conservation of native crayfish as well as for the lake's ecosystem. We propose that spiny-cheek crayfish might function as a disease vector for these potential pathogens.


oomycetesinvasive crayfishpopulation dynamicslake constance