Myxinidocotyle gen.n, and Lophocotyle Braun (Platyhelminthes, Monogenea, Acanthocotyli
- G Malmberg, B Fernholm
The locomotion and attachment of members of the generaMyxinidocotyle andAcanthocotyle (Monogenea, Acanthocotylidae) were studied and marks left by the posterior attachment organ on the hagfish and the rajid host skin were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The muscle-fibre arrangement in three types of pseudohaptors is described. The pseudohaptor was found to have a suction function. Anatomical data and attachment marks indicate that the hooks of the haptor have a strong attachment capacity. We conclude that in larval stages as well as in adults, the haptor is the most important posterior locomotory organ, whereas the fully developed pseudohaptor is used for stationary attachment. The deep marks caused by both unarmed (Myxinidocotyle) and sclerite-armed (Acanthocotyle) pseudohaptoral ridges appeared to be harmless imprints, whereas the 16 haptoral hooks caused small wounds that may provide potential openings for secondary infections of the host skin.