An Ultrastructural Study of the Myxosporeans, Sphaerospoa angulata and Sphaerospora carassii, in the Common Carp, Cyprinus carpio L.


Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

31 Citations (Scopus)


Sporogenesis of Sphaerospora angulata occurs in the lumen of renal tubules, and of Sphaerospora carassii sporogenesis occurs in the gill epithelium of carp (Cyprinus carpio) from Hungarian pond farms. In infected fish, the lumen of the renal tubules is filled with disporous pansporoblasts of S. angulata. Spores are formed through the participation of paired valvogenic and capsulogenic cells, and a dikaryotic sporoplasm, all of which lie in the cytoplasm of an envelope cell. The polar filament is formed through the apparent invagination of components of the elongate external tubule into the capsular primordium, coupled with the incorporation of dense material from the lumen of the primordium and external tubule. The cytological events leading to spore formation in monosporous pansporoblasts of S. carassii are similar to those of S. angulata and most other species of Myxosporea thus far. While neither parasite appears to induce severe pathogenesis, they may contribute to morbidity in concurrent infections with other microorganisms. Since spores of S. angulata and S. carassii are not formed in plasmodia and the earliest stage observed in this study was 2‐celled, earlier stages of these parasites must occur elsewhere in the carp host.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-422
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Protozoology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1983


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology

Cite this