A comparative histological and histochemical study ...

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Title A comparative histological and histochemical study of the post-gastric alimentary canal from three species of pleuronectid, the Atlantic halibut, the yellowtail flounder and the winter flounder
Author(s) H. M. Murray, Glenda M. Wright, G. P. Goff
Journal Journal of Fish Biology
Date 1996
Volume 48
Issue 2
Start page 187
End page 206
Abstract The histology and mucus histochemistry of the pleuronectid post-gastric alimentary canal was examined using light and electron microscopy. Distinct differences in goblet cell mucus histochemistry were observed between species, with the two closest taxonomic species, the winter flounder and the yellowtail flounder showing the most diversity and the halibut showing regional variation. Numbers of goblet cells within post-gastric regions did not differ significantly between species, but were significantly different between regions within species increasing toward the rectum. The post-gastric region was divisible into two areas based upon the ultrastructural features of lipid digestion and absorption in the intestine and pyloric caeca, and of exogenous protein in the rectum. The combination of species-specific histochemical differences in mucus and general histological and ultrastructural differences within the post-gastric regions between these species suggest a correlation between lumenal environmental conditions/histology and natural prey preference. (C) 1996 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles

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