Hydrilla verticillata
Hydrilla verticillata

Impact ID9509
Impact TypeDisease/Parasites/Toxicity
Study TypeObservational
Study LocationField
Impact DescriptionThe underside of Hydrilla verticillata leaves were found to harbor Aetokthonos hydrillicola, an epiphytic cyanobacteria associated with avian vacuolar myelinopathy (AVM). Essentially, aquatic plants and epiphytic algae are primary food sources for coots, which subsequently become sick and consumed by other species like bald eagles.
Great Lakes RegionNo
LocationUnited States

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Citation information: U.S. Geological Survey. [2024]. Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. Gainesville, Florida. Accessed [5/22/2024].

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