The disease (parasite) called “Pinna” that affects endemic species is observed this year in both Kefalonia and Ithaca

The disease (parasite) affecting the endemic species of the Mediterranean “Pinna” is observed this year (2019) in both Kefalonia and Ithaca  

Following its first appearance on the Spanish coast in 2016, the parasite (Haplosporidium pinnae) transmitted by sea currents and offending Pinus (scientific name “Pinna nobilis”) was observed in 2018 and in Greece, in the Aegean region. Pinus is an endemic species of the Mediterranean Sea, meaning that it is developed and lives only in this part of the world. It is a large shellfish in the sea, and usually occurs in sandy seabed with “seaweed”.

Research has been carried out since the summer of 2018 on sites east and west of Lesvos by the University of the Aegean, the Hellenic Center for Marine Research “ΕΛΚΕΘΕ” (which carried out genetic analyzes) and the Department of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Thessaly (which conducted histological examinations). . The tests confirmed Pinna’s cause of death: “The parasite infects the tissues, destroys the cells and causes extensive inflammation, so the panel cannot feed and die.”

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These photos and the video link are personal archive material.

Since May (2019), voluntary registration and dispatch of specimens of infected species on the coasts of Kefalonia and Ithaca has been in progress, in cooperation with ΕΛΚΕΘΕ.  To date, many dead people (only shells without a trace of the living organism) have been recorded at depths of -10 to -30 meters, as well as people with continually deteriorating health who eventually did not survive, while a decomposing sample was sent to a facility. ΕΛΚΕΘΕ in Crete (Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture “ΙΘΑΒΒΥΚ”).

* ELKETHE has already been informed about the observation of the species’ attack on Kefalonia.

Telemachus Beryatos

CMAS 3 Star Diver

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