Registry of Aquatic Pathology
The ability to
accurately diagnose previously unrecognised disease conditions is
dependent on familiarity with a wide range of pathogens, or
potential pathogens, infecting hosts from a variety of sources.
Referring to archive material, including histological slides and
images, as well as complete specimens of affected tissues and
parasites can facilitate this.
Scientists within our Pathology and Parasitology team have
developed an exclusive database and specimen archive system - the
Registry of Aquatic Pathology. This provides access to a large
number of pathological specimens from a variety of worldwide
sources. It is a unique reference collection of pathological
conditions caused by a variety of agents including viruses,
bacteria and parasites as well as those induced
Begun in 1977, the Registry of Aquatic Pathology includes
hundreds of examples of disease conditions and parasites from
aquarium, cultured and wild fish, and bivalve molluscs and
crustacea from freshwater and marine environments around the world.
New examples are continually being added, and records are updated
when images are available or to ensure the information provided is
The Registry is arranged into seven sections:
- Other freshwater species
- Other marine species
Each database record contains the accession number, common and
Latin species names, the disease/condition, aetiology, geographical
origin, diagnostic techniques applied, and a detailed description
of the pathological features present. In addition, many records
contain images of gross pathological lesions as well as those taken
at the microscopic level.
Scientists who wish to visit the laboratory to utilise the
Registry collection may do so by prior arrangement with the
If you have any questions or comments about the Registry, or
would like further information, contact us.