The microscopic anatomy and ultrastructure of the contractile vessel in the sipunculan Themiste hexadactyla (Satô, 1930) (Sipuncula: Sipunculidea)

The microscopic anatomy and ultrastructure of the contractile vessel in the sipunculan Themiste... The microscopic anatomy and ultrastructure of the contractile vessel of the sipunculan Themiste hexadactyla (Satô, 1930) from Vostok Bay (the Sea of Japan) were studied by histological and electron microscope methods. The ultrastructural features of the internal (endothelium) and external (coelothelium) lining of the contractile vessel are described and illustrated. Numerous macromolecular filters, the so-called “double diaphragms,” were found in the external coelothelium facing the cavity of the trunk coelom. This suggests a possible filtration from the tentacular coelom into the trunk coelom though the contractile vessel wall. The microscopic peculiarities of the main tube of the contractile vessel and its numerous lateral branches twining around several internal organs are described in detail. The contractile vessel is polyfunctional: it can act as the main reservoir for the cavity fluid during the withdrawal of the tentacular crown and performs the functions of the distribution system in sipunculans. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Russian Journal of Marine Biology Springer Journals

The microscopic anatomy and ultrastructure of the contractile vessel in the sipunculan Themiste hexadactyla (Satô, 1930) (Sipuncula: Sipunculidea)

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2014 by Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.
Subject
Life Sciences; Freshwater & Marine Ecology
ISSN
1063-0740
eISSN
1608-3377
D.O.I.
10.1134/S1063074014040026
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Abstract

The microscopic anatomy and ultrastructure of the contractile vessel of the sipunculan Themiste hexadactyla (Satô, 1930) from Vostok Bay (the Sea of Japan) were studied by histological and electron microscope methods. The ultrastructural features of the internal (endothelium) and external (coelothelium) lining of the contractile vessel are described and illustrated. Numerous macromolecular filters, the so-called “double diaphragms,” were found in the external coelothelium facing the cavity of the trunk coelom. This suggests a possible filtration from the tentacular coelom into the trunk coelom though the contractile vessel wall. The microscopic peculiarities of the main tube of the contractile vessel and its numerous lateral branches twining around several internal organs are described in detail. The contractile vessel is polyfunctional: it can act as the main reservoir for the cavity fluid during the withdrawal of the tentacular crown and performs the functions of the distribution system in sipunculans.

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Russian Journal of Marine BiologySpringer Journals

Published: Aug 30, 2014

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