The digestive tract of the amberjack Seriola dumerili, Risso: a light and scanning electron microscope study

A. Grau, S. Crespo, M. C. Sarasquete, M. L.González de Canales

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Abstract

The histology of the digestive tract of the amberjack (Seriola dumerili, Risso) was studied using light and scanning electron microscopy. The anterior oesophagus mucosa displays primary and secondary folds lined with a stratified squamous epithelium with fingerprint‐like microridges which is substituted, on the top of the oesogaster folds, by a simple columnar epithelium with short microvilli. Only primary folds are present in the stomach. The anterior portion is rich in simple tubular glands, whereas the oesogaster and the pyloric region are devoid of them. Pyloric caeca and anterior and middle intestine mucosa display the same pattern of folding. The dominant cell type is the enterocyte, which exhibits larger and thinner microvilli in the caeca than in the intestine. The columnar epithelium of the rectum is replaced, in the anal sphincter, by a stratified flattened epithelium. Goblet cells are numerous throughout the whole length of the tract with the exception of the initial part of the oesophagus, the oesogaster, the stomach and the anal sphincter. Mucosubstances have been shown to vary in the different regions of the gut: acid mucines are found in the oesophagus, pyloric stomach, caeca, intestine and rectum, whereas neutral mucosubstances dominate in the anterior portion of the stomach. The muscularis is well developed throughout the length of the tract: two layers of striated muscle at the oesophageal level; two layers of smooth muscle in the stomach wall and three at the intestinal level. Copyright © 1992, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-303
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992

Keywords

  • digestive tract
  • histology
  • scanning electron microscopy
  • Seriola dumerili

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