Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy of the Tegument of Paranaella luquei Kohn, Baptista-Farias & Cohen, 2000 (Microcotylidae, Monogenea), Parasite of a Brazilian Catfish, Hypostomus regani|
SC Cohen; A Kohn & MFD Baptista-Farias
The surface topography and ultrastructure of the tegument of Paranaella luquei Kohn, Baptista-Farias &
Cohen, 2000, a microcotylid monogenean parasite from the gills of Hypostomus regani (Ihering, 1905) (Loricariidae) was studied by scanning (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). By SEM, it was
observed that the tegument presents transversal ridges, forming folds in the ventral and dorsal surfaces and microvillous-like tegumental projections in the anterior and median regions of body. These projections were also observed by TEM. The tegument is made up of a syncytium delimited by apical and basal plasma membranes, containing inclusion bodies and mitochondria, connected to the nucleated region by means of cytoplasmatic processes. The tegumental cells present a well developed nucleus and cytoplasm containing inclusion bodies, similar to those found on the external layer, mitochondria, rough endoplasmatic reticulum
and free ribossomes.
ultrastructure, tegument, Monogenea, Paranaella luquei, catfish