Muscular Arrangement and Sclerite Morphology in the Haptor of Tetraonchus monenteron (Monogenea, Dactylogyridea).


Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint Petersburg, Russia. [Email]


BACKGROUND : Tetraonchidae is a small and relatively monomorphic family of dactylogyroid monogeneans. Since the morphology of sclerites of the attachment organ (haptor) is one of the primary criteria in tetraonchid taxonomy, the confocal study of sclerites and associated musculature may provide valuable taxonomic information. PURPOSE : The aim of this study was to examine the haptoral sclerites and musculature in Tetraonchus monenteron (Wagener, 1857), a common parasite of pike.


Confocal microscopy,Haptor,Muscles,Phalloidin,Sclerites,Tetraonchus,