Structure of nematocysts isolated from the fire corals Millepora alcicornis and Millepora complanata (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa)

Alejandro García-Arredondo, A. Rojas, R. Iglesias-Prieto, A. Zepeda-Rodriguez, L. Palma-Tirado

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Abstract

Structural characteristics of discharged and undischarged nematocysts from the hydrozoans Millepora alcicornis and Millepora complanata, two fire corals collected in the Mexican Caribbean, were examined using transmission electron, scanning and light microscopy. In this study, we report for the first time images of the nematocysts found in these Mexican Caribbean venomous species. Two types of nematocysts were observed in both species, the more abundant identified as macrobasic mastigophore and the other a stenotele type. Macrobasic mastigophores were present in medium and large size classes while stenoteles appeared in only one size.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-115
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Parasitology
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Toxicology
  • Infectious Diseases

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