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Ovarian tissue in juvenile palaeacanthocephalans: Corynosoma semerme, C. strumosum and Echinorhynchus gadi

  • Raija Peura (a1), E. Tellervo Valtonen (a2) and D. W. T. Crompton (a3)

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The structure of the ovarian tissue in juvenile Corynosoma semerme and C. strumosum from a fish paratenic host and in the cystacanth stage of Echinorhynchus gadi from an amphipod intermediate host was investigated by means of transmission electron microscopy. The species were obtained from hosts living in the Baltic Sea. The observations indicate that ovarian development was more advanced in cystacanths of E. gadi than in juveniles of C. semerme and C. strumosum. Free ovaries were present in E. gadi with an obvious supporting syncytium and surface microvilli. The biological significance of the different stages of ovarian development in these species is discussed briefly in relation to either reproductive strategies and host specificity in definitive hosts or to the attainment of infectivity by cystacanths in intermediate hosts.

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Ovarian tissue in juvenile palaeacanthocephalans: Corynosoma semerme, C. strumosum and Echinorhynchus gadi

  • Raija Peura (a1), E. Tellervo Valtonen (a2) and D. W. T. Crompton (a3)

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