Corbiculacean bivalve gill morphology
Below and to the left is a "clickable"
idealized rendering of
filament of Corbicula fluminea,(Muller,
1774) the Asiatic
Below and to the right is a transmission electron micrograph of the top
portion of the gill filament. There are five major cell types that
the ciliated epithelium of the gill of the Corbiculacean clams: the
frontal cells, the cirrus
frontal cells, the mucous
and the lateral
cells. There are also nerve
the filament of the gill. To see any of the structures mentioned above,
you can click on the links above or you can click on any region of the
idealized gill filament below and to the left.
There are also micrographs of other structures of the gill avaialable for viewing.
You can also click on any of the cell types (below in the image or above) to get a summary (and at least one electron micrograph) of its structure and function.
TEM images were taken by Tony Deneka. SEM images were taken by Karen Moulton and Tony Deneka.