DAO 46:189-195 (2001)  -  doi:10.3354/dao046189

Light and electron microscopic observations of Leptotheca koreana n. sp. (Myxosporea) in the kidney of cultured rockfish Sebastes schlegeli

Jae Bum Cho, Ki Hong Kim*

Department of Aquatic Life Medicine, Pukyong National University, Pusan 608-737, South Korea
*Corresponding author. E-mail:

ABSTRACT: The structure and sporogenesis of Leptotheca koreana n. sp. from cultured rockfish Sebastes schlegeli from South Korea were studied by light and transmission electron microscopy. Broadly oval spores and disporous pseudoplasmodia were observed in the lumen of renal tubules. Spores were 8.59 ± 1.25 µm in length, 13.42 ± 1.0 µm in width in sutural view and 8.13 ± 0.52 µm in thickness in the plane perpendicular to the suture. The width of each valve was always smaller than spore length. Two spherical polar capsules were equal in size (3.86 ± 0.45 µm in diameter) containing a polar filament with 6 to 7 turns, opening at the anterior end of the spore. Two uninucleate sporoplasms filled the spore cavity. The asynchronous division of secondary and tertiary cells and asynchronous development in spore formation of the present Leptotheca koreana resembled the disporous sphaerosporids. Cytoplasmic projections of pseudoplamodia were considered to be rhizoids, as they seem to strengthen the attachment to the epithelial cells of the renal tubules. The capsulogenic cells in early sporoblast had large amounts of rough endoplasmic reticulum but had a few Golgi apparatus.

KEY WORDS: Leptotheca koreana n. sp. · Cultured marine fish · South Korea

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