This paper provides histological and ultrastructural data on Myxobolus mugchelo (Myxozoa), a parasite of the intestinal wall of thinlip mullet Liza ramada from the Comacchio lagoons (Northern Adriatic Sea, Italy). About 80% of the examined mullets were infected with this myxozoan. In histological sections, the plasmodia appeared rounded to ovoid and spindle shaped, measured 181.61 ± 97 × 122.79 ± 53.16 μm (mean ± standard deviation, SD) in size. Early sporogenic plasmodia were located primarily in the muscle layer where no pronounced inflammatory response was detected. Plasmodia containing mature spores were situated closer to mucosal folds and were encircled by numerous immune cells, especially mast cells. Mature spores were generally oval and 6.06 ± 0.40 × 3.48 ± 0.92 μm in size. The spores showed symmetrical and smooth valves. The anterior end of the spores contained two equal pyriform polar capsules measuring 2.19 ± 0.47 × 1.59 ± 0.29 μm. Inside the polar capsules, an isofilar polar filament displayed 5-6 coils perpendicular or slightly oblique to the longitudinal axis. The wall of the polar capsule was filled with a hyaline substance contrasting with the very dense internal matrix. The mucus layer surrounded the spore surface. A thorough comparison with the Myxobolus species infecting intestine of fish is provided. This is the first report on occurrence of this myxozoan species in L. ramada population of the North Adriatic Sea.
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|Titolo:||Histological and ultrastructural study of Myxobolus mugchelo (Parenzan, 1966) with initial histopathology survey of the Liza ramada host intestine|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||03.1 Articolo su rivista|