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 cells, the eu-lateral
frontal cells, the
mucous cells, and the
cells. There are also nerve bundles
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.
You may want to turn off your automatic image download feature within your WWW browser while looking at this section. There are quite a few images.
The data and images contained herein are part of past and ongoing investigations at Macalester College into the morphology of lamellibranch gill ultrastructure. TEM images were taken by Tony Deneka. SEM images were taken by Karen Moulton and Tony Deneka.
Last updated: 8/31/2003
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