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Surface Topography of Hymenolepis diminuta by Scanning Electron Microscopy

John E. Ubelaker, V. F. Allison and Robert D. Specian
The Journal of Parasitology
Vol. 59, No. 4 (Aug., 1973), pp. 667-671
DOI: 10.2307/3278859
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3278859
Page Count: 5
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Surface Topography of Hymenolepis diminuta by Scanning Electron Microscopy
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Abstract

Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) of the surface of Hymenolepis diminuta, particularly the scolex, indicates that dense populations of microtriches occur on the rostellum, suckers, and scolex proper. Average microtrichoid densities of 49.2/μ2,. 64.8/μ2 and 56.4/μ2 were obtained for these areas. Differences in size were not observed. The excellent preservation of microtriches attests the quality of the critical point drying method for preparing cestodes for study by high magnification SEM.

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