Nebraska Academy of Sciences


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Published in 2004. Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences 29: 25-27; Copyright © 2004 Mitchell and Oates


In April of 1990, a 1.8 kg walleye was found to contain hard cysts or nodules in the swimbladder and visceral fat. The nodules appeared to be formed around a worm-like mass. The nodules (10 ± 5 mm in diameter) were composed of five to seven layers of tightly packed granules, that were at least partially calcified and the layers were held together by a sticky matrix. The outer coat of the nodule was convoluted with many protuberances. This is a first report of such cysts from fish and they appear to be similar to nodules induced by worms (encysted nematodes) in the intestines of swine and ruminants.

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