Ultrastructure of the excretory tubes of the mite Macrocheles muscaedomesticae (Mesostigmata, Macrochelidae) with notes on altered mitochondria


The fine structure of the excretory tubes of the mesostigmatid mite Macrocheles muscaedomesticae were investigated. These paired tubes are partially ensheathed by fat body and invested throughout by a branching system of visceral muscles. The fine structure of the cells of the excretory tube is in general similar with only minor differences found throughout its length. The basal region of each epithelial cell of the excretory tube borders the hemocoel and is divided into many compartments by the extensive infolding of the plasma membrane. Mitochondria and vacuolar inclusions are often closely associated with these compartments. More than one morphological type of mitochondria was found distributed throughout the cells of the excretory tubes. The most commonly encountered type had well developed cristae and an electron dense matrix. Less commonly, mitochondria with somewhat poorly developed cristae and a translucent matrix often containing myelin‐like figures of varying complexity were observed. It is suggested that they represent part of a normal process of mitochondrial degeneration. The apical region of the cell has a border composed of plate‐like folds of the plasma membrane termed microlamellae. The lumen contains abundant granules of the excretory product. Copyright © 1971 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.

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Journal of Morphology