Floscularia ringens is a cosmopolitan, sessile rotifer (class Monogononta) that lives inside a tube it constructs from numerous small, rounded pellets. Adults of F. ringens produce parthenogenetic eggs that are retained within the tube. Upon hatching, juveniles remain within the maternal tube for a short time completing their development before swimming away. The free-swimming juvenile has a conical body, short foot, small corona, and mastax with trophi, but appears unable to feed. After a short time (<1 day), the young rotifer attaches permanently to a substrate and its morphology changes radically: the corona develops 4 wide lobes and the foot elongates, becoming slender and retractable. Once the corona has developed, the young animal begins to feed by producing filtering currents, and also starts to build its own tube. Here we report 4 new morphological details regarding this species. (1) A specialized epidermal groove is present on the trunk in front of the cloaca. (2) A small hole is located in the center of the inner surface of each pellet of the tube. (3) The muscles inside the foot are U-shaped in transverse section. (4) The size of the trophi remains unchanged during growth of the juvenile into an adult.
|Titolo:||Morphology of Floscularia ringens (Rotifera, Monogononta) from egg to adult|
|Autori interni:||MELONE, GIULIO (Secondo)|
FONTANETO, DIEGO (Primo)
|Parole Chiave:||Floscularia; monogononta; SEM|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/05 - Zoologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2003|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|