Aeromonas hydrophila, one reason causing the death of freshwater crayfish Procambarus clarkii (Girard, 1852)

Document Type: Research Paper


College of Life Sciences, Yantai University


Procambarus clarkii crayfish has been developed as an excellent animal model to study the characteristics and pathogenesis of white spot syndrome virus and the host defense mechanisms of crustacean. However, due to the crayfish being infected by pathogens in the farms in China, the research based on this model has been slowed down. Using triplex polymerase chain reaction, we found the virulence Aeromonas hydrophila was one reason that caused the death of crayfish. The isolated AH-3 produced 100% mortalities with 3-24h after inoculation of 1×106 colony-forming units of live cells per crayfish at 20℃.