Klaus Rohde editor: Marine Parasitology

Marine parasites are among the most common and most diverse animals on earth, and most species have not yet been described. Many species are important as agents of disease in the oceans and in aquaculture. The study of marine parasites should be an essential component of any course in marine biology. This post draws your attention to a new book on marine parasites, the standard work on the subject. It was published by CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne and CABI Wallingford, Oxford, in November 2005. 75 experts in their fields contributed. There are sections on the various parasite groups (from protistans to vertebrates), on behavioural, ecological, evolutionary and zoogeographical aspects, and on aspects of economic, environmental and medical importance. Details of the book are available on the website of CSIRO Publishing:


In the following I show extracts from the three reviews available to date.

1.) “……..It offers a very thorough review of the present knowledge of virtually all marine parasites and most of what concerns their biology and ecology…….The scope of the book reaches from tree of life based on molecular analysis, fossil parasites or mites parasitic on walruses to medical importance of marine parasites. … We can suppose that the book will become a standard text, stimulating work not only by students recently attracted to marine parasite research but also of established scientists. At present, when most scientists studying marine parasites are specialised in their field of research and cannot be equally proficient in other directions, even for them the book will be an invaluable source of information. However, the book will find its place on the shelf of every biologist who likes the intricacies and charms of organisms adapted to symbiotic existence in the immense and rich realm of marine life.” Jiri Lom, Folia Parasitologica 53, 77-78 (2006).
2.) “One of the world’s foremost experts on the ecology of host–parasite relationships in marine systems is Klaus Rohde. In 1993, the second edition of his Ecology of Marine Parasites was printed (CABI International).
Twelve years later, he expanded the approach from the ecology of marine parasites to just about everything that has anything to do with marine parasitology. ……. he is the editor of an 11-chapter volume, collectively written by some 75 authors. Each of the chapters is divided into a various number of sections, with each section written by an authority.

I think this is a very important piece of work. I would strongly urge anyone with an interest in marine parasites, and marine biologists in general, to purchase it for your own bookshelf. If you are interested in marine biology, or if you have any kind of marine program in your institution, then I also would strongly recommend that your library have a copy. It is well worth the money.”
Gerald W. Esch, Department of Biology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27109. American Journal of Parasitology 92(2), 2006, p. 312.

3.)”This is a beautiful book, and I recommend it for everybody with an interest in marine ecology.”
Peter Heuch, National Veterinary Institute Oslo, Norway. Published in “Monoculus”, the newsletter of the World Association of Copepodologists.

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