Preservation, development, and hatching of resting eggs in the freshwater rotifer Brachionus calyciflorus pallas
Kanagasabapathi, V.; Munuswamy, N.
Microscopy Research and Technique 74(8): 744-748
The resting eggs of Brachionus calyciflorus produced under laboratory by manipulating various environmental conditions were subjected to preservation for long-term storage. Preservation strategies included as storing freshly collected resting eggs, dry resting eggs, and storing at 4°C. Results showed that the resting eggs preserved by drying as they were able to maintain the viability without much variation in the hatchability. The scanning electron micrographs clearly depicted the surface damage as well as change in the shape and surface topography due to the storage. The resting eggs thus stored were traced for their normal embryonic development, during which as many as 11 stages were traced and time taken for each stage of development was observed. Microscopic observations revealed that the first four stages represented the development of embryo and thereafter around 16-18 h extrution of neonate from egg occurred. At 18-19 h of development the characteristic of anterior and posterior spines appeared in the neonate. Just released neonate, after 4-5 h of development reached adult stage. Overall the hatching and embryonic development of the resting eggs preserved by "drying" were normal and hence this method could be adopted for long-term storage.