Body colors and algal distribution in the acoel flatworm Convolutriloba longifissura: histology and ultrastructure.

@article{Hirose2007BodyCA,
  title={Body colors and algal distribution in the acoel flatworm Convolutriloba longifissura: histology and ultrastructure.},
  author={Euichi Hirose and Mamiko Hirose},
  journal={Zoological science},
  year={2007},
  volume={24 12},
  pages={1241-6}
}
Convolutriloba longifissura is a red flatworm with white dots that harbors unicellular green algae within its body. The red pigment of the flatworm that is present in round cells is soluble in ethanol or acetone, whereas the white pigment contained in the crystalline (retractile) platelets of amoeboid-shaped cells is soluble in 1% NH4OH. These two types of pigment cells form the body coloration and are probably involved in light protection of the algal symbionts, as many algal cells are… CONTINUE READING

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