A nondestructive protocol for preparing specimens of Monogenoidea for both α-taxonomic studies and reconstruction of 3-dimensional structure is presented. Gomori's trichrome, a stain commonly used to prepare whole-mount specimens of monogenoids for taxonomic purposes, is used to provide fluorescence of genital spines, the copulatory organ, accessory piece, squamodisc, anchors, hooks, bars, and clamps under laser scanning confocal microscopy.
Three-Dimensional Imaging of Monogenoidean Sclerites by Laser Scanning Confocal Fluorescence Microscopy
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Paolo Galli, Giovanni Strona, Anna Maria Villa, Francesca Benzoni, Stefani Fabrizio, Silvia Maria Doglia, Delane C. Kritsky; Three-Dimensional Imaging of Monogenoidean Sclerites by Laser Scanning Confocal Fluorescence Microscopy. J Parasitol 1 April 2006; 92 (2): 395–399. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-3544RN.1
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