DAO 41:151-158 (2000)  -  doi:10.3354/dao041151

Ultrastructure of the microsporidian Inodosporus octospora (Thelohaniidae), a parasite of the shrimp Palaemon serratus (Crustacea, Decapoda)

C. Azevedo1,*, L. Corral1, C. P. Vivarès2

1Department of Cell Biology, Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Center of Marine and Environmental Research, University of Oporto, Lg. A. Salazar no. 2, 4099-003 Porto, Portugal
2Laboratoire de Biologie Comparée des Protistes, Université Blaise Pascal-Clermont II, 63177 Aubière, France

ABSTRACT: A parasite of the muscle of the shrimp Palaemon serratus has been examined by light and electron microscopy. Development occurs among myofibrils and induces ultrastructural alterations of the muscle fibers causing white discoloration. This microsporidian is characterized by uninucleate, later diplokaryotic and di diplokaryotic meronts. The mother cell develops by rosette-like budding into 8 uninucleate sporoblasts, each containg 3 tape-like filaments attached to the wall that is enclosed in a persistent sporophorous vacuole. Each sporoblast gives rise to a uninucleate spore that possesses 3 elongated tape like filaments attached to the spore wall, like spore tails. The morphological characters of the spores, redescribed in the present study, suggested that the spores belonged to Inodosporous octospora. The possibility that in the future members of Inodosporus sp. may be considered a new parasite group is discussed.

KEY WORDS: Ultrastructure · Microsporidian · Inodosporus octospora · Parasite · Shrimp

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