We studied four monogonont rotifers (Brachionus urceolaris, Floscidaria ringens, Hexarthra mira, Notommata glyphura) using two different techniques of microscopy: (1) the presence of filamentous actin was examined using phalloidin-fluorescent labelled specimens and a confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM); (2) external morphology was investigated using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). B. urceolaris, F. ringens, and N. glyphura showed similar patterns of muscle distribution: a set of longitudinal muscles acting as head and foot retractors, and a set of circular muscles. However, the size and distribution of circular muscles differed among these species. H. mira differed from the other species in that it lacked circular muscles but possessed strong muscles that extended into each arm. The study showed that using both CLSM and SEM provides better resolution of the anatomy and external morphology of rotifers than using one of these techniques alone. This can facilitate better understanding of the complicated anatomy of these animals.

External morphology and muscle arrangement of Brachionus urceolaris, Floscularia ringens, Hexarthra mira and Notommata glyphura (Rotifera, Monogononta) / N. Santo, D. Fontaneto, U. Fascio, G. Melone, M. Caprioli. - In: HYDROBIOLOGIA. - ISSN 0018-8158. - 546:1(2005), pp. 223-229.

External morphology and muscle arrangement of Brachionus urceolaris, Floscularia ringens, Hexarthra mira and Notommata glyphura (Rotifera, Monogononta)

N. Santo;D. Fontaneto;U. Fascio;G. Melone;M. Caprioli
2005

Abstract

We studied four monogonont rotifers (Brachionus urceolaris, Floscidaria ringens, Hexarthra mira, Notommata glyphura) using two different techniques of microscopy: (1) the presence of filamentous actin was examined using phalloidin-fluorescent labelled specimens and a confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM); (2) external morphology was investigated using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). B. urceolaris, F. ringens, and N. glyphura showed similar patterns of muscle distribution: a set of longitudinal muscles acting as head and foot retractors, and a set of circular muscles. However, the size and distribution of circular muscles differed among these species. H. mira differed from the other species in that it lacked circular muscles but possessed strong muscles that extended into each arm. The study showed that using both CLSM and SEM provides better resolution of the anatomy and external morphology of rotifers than using one of these techniques alone. This can facilitate better understanding of the complicated anatomy of these animals.
ploima; Flosculariacea; actin filaments; phalloidin; CLSM; SEM
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