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Morphology of the Infusoriform Larva of Dicyema aegira (Mesozoa: Dicyemidae)

Robert B. Short and Raymond T. Damian
The Journal of Parasitology
Vol. 52, No. 4 (Aug., 1966), pp. 746-751
DOI: 10.2307/3276448
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3276448
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Morphology of the Infusoriform Larva of Dicyema aegira (Mesozoa: Dicyemidae)
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Abstract

The mature infusoriform larva of Dicyema aegira is ovoid with the following average measurements (excluding cilia): length, 31.9 µ; width, 25.3 µ; depth, 24,0 µ. Refringent bodies are solid, usually two in number, and of moderate size. Each larva typically is composed of 39 cells (35 somatic, 4 germinal). Individual cells are described and figured; the findings add weight to the idea that differences exist in number and disposition of cells in infusoriform larvae of different species of dicyemids.

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