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.
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1 April 2006
Three-Dimensional Imaging of Monogenoidean Sclerites by Laser Scanning Confocal Fluorescence Microscopy
Anna Maria Villa,
Silvia Maria Doglia,
Delane C. Kritsky