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Research Journal of Environmental Sciences
Year: 2009  |  Volume: 3  |  Issue: 2  |  Page No.: 218 - 224

Morphological and Structural Characteristics of the Hemocytes of the Anodonta cygnea

S. Jamili, L. Salimi, A. Motalebi and M. Rostami-Beshman    

Abstract: The Anodont (Anodonta cygnea) constitutes one of the most important bivalves along of Anzali Lagoon. In last decade, Anodont have suffered a high degree of mortality. Introduce of the morphological characterization of hemocytes is a prerequisite to further exploring the causes of death in bivalves, therefore in this study, the circulating hemocytes of the Anodonta cygnea in Anzali Lagoon were identified. At first, two types of hemocytes were recognized, granulocytes and agranulocytes, were identified based on the existence of cytoplasmic granules under light microscopy. The hemocytes were then stained and the granulocytes subclassifed into eosinophilic and basophilic granulocytes and an intermix. The eosinophilic granulocytes were distinctive small and large granules. Agranulocytes could be subdivided into hyalinocytes and blast-like cells and another cell type, vesicular cells, was observed as unclassified cells. Results were compared with similar researches about other bivalves observations.

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