Epizootiology of Microsporidiosis in Invertebrate Hosts

Leellen F. Solter

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This chapter distinguishes microsporidian diseases that are, to our knowledge, restricted to invertebrate species and protists and considers the unique aspects of disease dynamics in invertebrate animals. The sheer number of invertebrate host species in numerous higher taxa and their multitude of associated pathogen species, as well as complex life histories and extremely disparate habitats, make epizootiological study in invertebrate animals a challenging undertaking. Many interactions are complex and extremely difficult to elucidate and, although all microsporidian species are relatively similar phenotypically and functionally, they are highly diverse in terms of host specificity, infectivity, virulence, tissue tropism, transmission mechanisms, physiological impacts, host density dependence, and environmental tolerance and persistence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMicrosporidia
Subtitle of host publicationPathogens of Opportunity
EditorsLouis M. Weiss, James J. Becnel
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781118395264
ISBN (Print)9781118395226
StatePublished - Oct 20 2014


  • Environmental tolerance
  • Epizootiology
  • Invertebrate hosts
  • Microsporidian disease
  • Tissue tropism
  • Transmission mechanisms
  • INHS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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