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The ultrastructure of the undulating membrane as a feature differentiating the 2 species of tritrichomonas tritrichomonas muris and tritrichomonas minuta parasites of rodents



The ultrastructure of the undulating membrane as a feature differentiating the 2 species of tritrichomonas tritrichomonas muris and tritrichomonas minuta parasites of rodents



Protistologica 17(3): 431-438



Two species of Tritrichomonas are found in the cecum of white mice; the large one (11-17 .mu.m) corresponds to T. muris (Grassi) and the small one (6-11 .mu.m) to T. minuta (Wenrich) as described by Wenrich (1924) in rats and mice. Electron microscopic studies show that T. minuta shares the features of all the Tritrichomonas; it differs from the other species mainly by the fine structure of its undulating membrane. The recurrent flagellum does not contain the crystalline fiber associated to the axoneme present in T. muris but lacking in T. foetus or T. augusta. The proximal part of the undulating membrane is like that of T. muris or T. caviae. T. minuta was found also in the vole and the golden hamster.

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