Scanning electron microscopy on Gotocotyla acanthura (Monogenea, Gotocotylidae) from Pomatomus saltatrix (Ostheichthyes, Pomatomidae) in Brazil

Microscopia eletrônica de varredura de Gotocotyla acanthura (Monogenea, Gotocotylidae) parasita de Pomatomus saltatrix (Ostheichthyes, Pomatomidae) no Brasil

Maria Clara Pamplona-Basilio Helene Santos Barbosa Simone Chinicz Cohen About the authors

Abstracts

Gotocotyla acanthura (Parona & Perugia, 1896) Meserve, 1938 collected from the gills of Pomatomus saltatrix from the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro state was analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The study demonstrated the presence of a buccal cavity, a genital atrium on the ventral surface and a muscular structure on the dorsal surface at the level of the body constriction. An elongated haptor with 80 to 120 pedunculated clamps symmetrically distributed in two rows, with rib-like thickenings and a curved lappet bearing a pair of hooks at the posterior extremity of the body were also observed. The cirrus could be seen protruding from the genital atrium, armed with pectinate spines along its length and presenting up to eight pointed spines around the genital atrium.

Monogenea; parasites; fishes; surface topography


Gotocotyla acanthura (Parona & Perugia, 1896) Meserve, 1938, coletado das brânquias de Pomatomus saltatrix do litoral do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, foi estudado por microscopia eletrônica de varredura (MEV). O estudo demonstrou a presença de uma cavidade bucal, átrio genital na superfície ventral e uma estrutura muscular na superficie dorsal ao nível da constricção do corpo. Na extremidade posterior do corpo, foi observado o haptor alongado, apresentando 80 a 120 pinças pedunculadas, distribuídas em duas fileiras simétricas e uma porção terminal curvada provida de um par de ganchos. O cirro foi visualizado projetando-se do átrio genital, armado com espinhos pectinados ao longo do seu comprimento, apresentando até 8 espinhos pontiagudos ao redor do átrio.

Monogenea; parasitos; peixes; topografia da superfície


RESEARCH NOTE

Scanning electron microscopy on Gotocotyla acanthura (Monogenea, Gotocotylidae) from Pomatomus saltatrix (Ostheichthyes, Pomatomidae) in Brazil

Microscopia eletrônica de varredura de Gotocotyla acanthura (Monogenea, Gotocotylidae) parasita de Pomatomus saltatrix (Ostheichthyes, Pomatomidae) no Brasil

Maria Clara Pamplona-BasilioI; Helene Santos BarbosaII; Simone Chinicz CohenI

ILaboratório de Helmintos Parasitos de Peixes, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz – FIOCRUZ

IILaboratório de Biologia Estrutural, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz – FIOCRUZ

Corresponding author

ABSTRACT

Gotocotyla acanthura (Parona & Perugia, 1896) Meserve, 1938 collected from the gills of Pomatomus saltatrix from the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro state was analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The study demonstrated the presence of a buccal cavity, a genital atrium on the ventral surface and a muscular structure on the dorsal surface at the level of the body constriction. An elongated haptor with 80 to 120 pedunculated clamps symmetrically distributed in two rows, with rib-like thickenings and a curved lappet bearing a pair of hooks at the posterior extremity of the body were also observed. The cirrus could be seen protruding from the genital atrium, armed with pectinate spines along its length and presenting up to eight pointed spines around the genital atrium.

Keywords: Monogenea, parasites, fishes, surface topography.

RESUMO

Gotocotyla acanthura (Parona & Perugia, 1896) Meserve, 1938, coletado das brânquias de Pomatomus saltatrix do litoral do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, foi estudado por microscopia eletrônica de varredura (MEV). O estudo demonstrou a presença de uma cavidade bucal, átrio genital na superfície ventral e uma estrutura muscular na superficie dorsal ao nível da constricção do corpo. Na extremidade posterior do corpo, foi observado o haptor alongado, apresentando 80 a 120 pinças pedunculadas, distribuídas em duas fileiras simétricas e uma porção terminal curvada provida de um par de ganchos. O cirro foi visualizado projetando-se do átrio genital, armado com espinhos pectinados ao longo do seu comprimento, apresentando até 8 espinhos pontiagudos ao redor do átrio.

Palavras-chave: Monogenea, parasitos, peixes, topografia da superfície.

In Brazil, monogeneans collected from Pomatomus saltatrix (Linnaeus) were described as Gotocotyla travassosi by Kohn et al. (1971). This species was then transferred, by Lebedev (1984), to the genus Swakopella, which is characterized by the presence of two lateral vaginae and an additional dorsal sucker. Hayward and Rohde (1999) examined the type material of G. travassosi and reported that the measurements of the copulatory organ and its spines in the original description were incorrect. Hayward and Rohde (1999) did not observe the lateral vaginae described by Lebedev (1984) and thus, synonymized G. travassosi with G. acanthura (Parona & Perugia, 1896) Meserve, 1938, which was originally described from Brama brama (Bonnaterre) in Italy. Since then, this species has been reported in different species of scombrids and perches in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans (RAMALINGAM, 1961; KORATHA, 1955; LEBEDEV; PARUKHIN, 1969; YOUNG, 1970; BRAVO-HOLLIS; CABALLERO-DELOYA, 1979; SHEN; QIU, 1995; WILLLIAMS; BUNKLEY-WILLIAMS, 1996).

Studies on species of Monogenea by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) have been used to supplement observations using light microscopy and have helped to provide information of great accuracy regarding species morphology. In the present paper, ultrastructural data obtained from SEM studies on specimens of G. acanthura collected from P. saltatrix were used to provide detail and extend the current knowledge of the morphology of this species.

Monogeneans collected from the gills of Pomatomus saltatrix from the coast of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, were fixed under gentle cover glass pressure in 5% formaldehyde. Some of the samples were stained with Langeron's alcoholic-acid carmine, dehydrated in an ethyl alcohol series, cleared in beechwood creosote and mounted in Canada balsam. The specimens were observed under a Zeiss Axioskop 2 Plus microscope and the images were captured using a SONY MPEGMovie EX DSC-S75 digital camera. The specimens studied have been deposited in the Helminthological Collection of the Oswaldo Cruz Institute (CHIOC nº 37.526, 37527a-b, 37528) in Brazil.

A further ten samples of mature worms were prepared for SEM as follows. The specimens were firstly fixed for one hour at 4 ºC, in 2.5% glutaraldehyde in 0.1 M sodium cacodylate buffer (pH 7.2), and were then washed in the same buffer three times for 15 minutes and post-fixed for one hour at room temperature with 1% osmium tetroxide in the same buffer. The specimens were then dehydrated in an ascending acetone series, dried by means of the critical point method with CO2, mounted with silver adhesive tape on aluminum stubs and coated with a layer of gold of thickness 60 nm. The samples were examined under a Zeiss DSM 940 and a Jeol JSM-6390LV SEM, operated at 15 kV. The images were digitally captured onto an IBM-PC and processed using Adobe Photo Shop 7.0 software.

Results

The specimens of G. acanthura presented an elongated body that was constricted near the anterior extremity, with a haptor in the posterior portion as an extension of the body (Figure 1a and Figure 2e). Transverse striations and ridges, probably due to muscle contraction, were seen on the ventral body surface (Figures 1b,c).



The buccal opening (mouth) is subterminal and ventral, at the anterior extremity of the body (Figures 1b,c). The tegument around the buccal opening is wrinkled and elevated into folds , and it presented protuberances irregularly arranged extending for a short distance from the aperture (Figures 1b,c). Sensory papillae were also observed on the tegument around the buccal cavity (Figure 1c) and on the body surface, with apparently no defined distribution (Figures 1b,c).

The cirrus was observed to be everted from the genital atrium (Figures 1b,c) and armed with pectinate spines (Figures 1d,e). The genital atrium opens ventrally, posteriorly to the oral aperture and presents internal recurved pointed spines (Figures 1c,e). An eversible cirrus measuring 0.17 mm long (0.16-0.2 mm; n = 8) presented pectinate spines with up to eight tips along their length (Figures 1c-e). When the cirrus was completely everted, the base with its pointed spines was visible through the genital pore (Figure 1e).

The elongated haptor consists of 80 to 120 (n = 11) pedunculated clamps symmetrically distributed in one row on each side (Figures 2a,b) and presents a curved lappet at the posterior end with a pair of hooks at its tip (Figures 2a,b, inset). Each clamp is composed of two articulated jaws (Figures 2c,d) supported by a median sclerite (Figure 2c). Three to five rib-like thickenings are observed on the upper jaw of the clamp (Figures 2c,d). The clamps are coated with a wrinkled tegument, and the inner surface seemed to be smooth (Figure 2c).

Light microscopy and SEM observations showed that there was a well-developed muscular structure at the level of the constriction in the anterior region on the dorsal surface (Figures 2e,f), with tegument presenting wrinkles and a folded surface in a complex array (Figure 2g).

Discussion

Examination of the tegument of G. acanthura in the present study showed that the everted cirrus with pectinate spines and the muscular structure on the dorsal surface of the body elucidated the morphological features.

In their review of Gotocotylidae, Hayward and Rohde (1999) pointed out that the specimens studied using SEM that had been presented as G. bivaginalis (RAMALINGAM, 1961) by Ramasamy and Hanna (1989) actually belonged to G. acanthura. Considering that no slides are available, it is not possible to confirm this statement. As in the present study on G. acanthura, the specimens studied by Ramasamy and Hanna (1989) presented clamps with four to five prominent rib-like thickenings. In the opinion of Ramasamy and Hanna (1989), the likely function of the thickenings is to facilitate partial interlocking of adjacent clamps.

The function of the well-developed muscular structure on the dorsal surface of the body remains uncertain; some authors believed that it was an adhesive organ, while others considered that it was the vagina. Hayward and Rohde (1999) made serial transverse sections in this region and did not observe any internal duct. Nevertheless, they retained the term 'vagina' for the large muscular structure present in the anterior region of most members of this family We suggest that this structure may be an accessory sucker that has the purpose of holding the pair of worms on the gill surface during copulation.

These observations made on G. acanthura parasitizing Pomatomus saltatrix from the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro suggest that the proposition of Hayward and Rohde (1999) can be accepted, since the surface topography of the specimens that Ramasamy and Hanna (1989) named G. bivaginalis is similar to that of Gotocotyla acanthura.

Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to Anna Kohn, from the "Laboratório de Helmintos Parasitos de Peixes, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil" for reading the manuscript and for the suggestions made, to Marielle Delfim Pereira from the "Laboratório de Biologia Estrutural, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil" for technical assistance and to Dr. Luis Souhami from McGill Hospital, Montreal, Canada for reviewing the English of the manuscript.

  • Corresponding author:
    Simone Chinicz Cohen
    Laboratório de Helmintos Parasitos de Peixes
    Instituto Oswaldo Cruz – FIOCRUZ, Av. Brasil 4365
    CEP 21045-900, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil
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  • Received March 2, 2011

    Accepted April 5, 2011

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    Corresponding author: Simone Chinicz Cohen Laboratório de Helmintos Parasitos de Peixes Instituto Oswaldo Cruz – FIOCRUZ, Av. Brasil 4365 CEP 21045-900, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil e-mail: scohen@ioc.fiocruz.br

    Publication Dates

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      21 Dec 2011
    • Date of issue
      Dec 2011

    History

    • Received
      02 Mar 2011
    • Accepted
      05 Apr 2011
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