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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4337.1.4

Contribution to the morphological description of the marine leech, Ozobranchus margoi (Apáthy) (Rhynchobdellida: Ozobranchidae) by using combined histology, micro-CT and SEM

MARIA CHIARA CASCARANO, KLEONIKI KEKLIKOGLOU, CHRISTOS ARVANITIDIS, PANTELIS KATHARIOS

Abstract


The ozobranchid leech, Ozobranchus margoi (Apáthy, 1890), parasite of the loggerhead turtle, Caretta caretta (Linnæus), was described through a multilevel approach including three different techniques: scanning electronic microscopy, histology and micro-CT. New insights are provided concerning the structure of the sensilla on the body, the eyes with emphasis on the structure of photoreceptors, the digestive system and the reproductive organs.

 


Keywords


Annelida, marine leech, Caretta caretta, sensilla, ovary cords, photoreceptors

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