Musculature of an illoricate predatory rotifer Asplanchnopus multiceps as revealed by phalloidin flourescence and confocal microscopy

E. A. Kotikova, O. I. Raikova, M. Reuter, M. K.S. Gustafsson

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The pattern of muscles in the actively swimming predatory rotifer Asplanchnopus multiceps is revealed by staining with tetramethylrhodamine isothiocyanate (TRITC)-labelled phalloidin and confocal scanning laser microscopy (CSLM). The major components of the musculature are: prominent semicircular muscles of the corona; paired lateral, dorsal and ventral retractors in the trunk; a network of six seemingly complete circular muscles and anastomosing longitudinal muscles in the trunk; two short foot retractors, originating from a transverse muscle in the lower third of the trunk. The sphincter of the corona marks the boundary between the head and the trunk. The muscular patterns in rotifers with different lifestyles differ clearly, therefore, the muscular patterns seem to be determined by the mode of locomotion and feeding behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-195
Number of pages7
JournalTissue and Cell
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology

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