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By preserving specimens of the monogenean (platyhelminth) parasite Entobdella soleae at intervals during locomotion and processing these parasites for transmission and scanning electron microscopy, evidence was found to suggest that adhesion of the anterior pads to the skin of the host, the sole Solea solea, is brought about by interaction between the two(More)
  • G C Kearn
  • 1994
The evolutionary expansion of the monogeneans has taken place in parallel with the diversification of the fish-like vertebrates. In this article the main trends in monogenean evolution are traced from a hypothetical skin-parasitic ancestor on early vertebrates. Special consideration is given to the following topics: early divergence between skin feeders and(More)
A comparison has been made between the chaetotaxy of the gyrodactylid monogeneans Macrogyrodactylus clarii Gussev, 1961 and M. congolensis (Prudhoe, 1957) Yamaguti, 1963 from the gills and skin, respectively, of the catfish Clarias gariepinus (Burchell) from the river Nile in Egypt. Bilaterally arranged argentophilic structures on the surface of these(More)
The thin, weakly muscular, disc-shaped haptor of the calceostomatine monogenean Neocalceostomoides brisbanensis is attached to surfaces in the gill chamber of its catfish host by cement. It is unlikely that any suction is generated (there are no muscular loculi) and the hooks are reduced in size. Two distinctive secretions are associated with the haptor: a(More)
In the present study, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has been used to study the ultrastructure of the digestive system, namely the pharynx, oesophageal glands and intestine, of the monogenean skin and fin parasite Macrogyrodactylus congolensis. The pharynx consists of an anterior highly muscular region and a posterior mainly glandular syncytial(More)
The tegument of the ancyrocephaline monogenean gill parasite Cichlidogyrus halli typicus is basically similar to that of other monogeneans. However, there are some tegumental features shared with relatively few other monogeneans, namely the presence in the surface tegument of extensive regions of homogeneous granular cytoplasm, a close association between(More)
Dendromonocotyle colorni sp. n. (Monogenea: Monocotylidae) is described from the dorsal skin surface of two specimens of Himantura uarnak (Forsskål) kept at the Eilat Underwater Observatory in Israel. Dendromonocotyle colorni is distinguished from the other eight species in the genus by the morphology of the terminal papillar sclerite on the haptor, the(More)