The digestive apparatus of the parasitic crustacean copepod, Lernaea cyprinacea L., from copepodid I to metamorphosed female is described. Histological examination of the various parts of the digestive apparatus was carried out and the mouth parts were also analyzed by means of scanning electron microscopy. In vivo observations were also carried out in order to clarify the motions of the gut. The relationship between the morphology of the digestive apparatus and the feeding habits is discussed.
The digestive apparatus of the parasitic copepod Lernaea cyprinacea L. during development and in the adults / Sabatini, Maria Agnese; Marini, Milena; Fratello, Bernardo; Gelosini, C; Mola, Lucrezia; Benedetti, Ivan. - In: ACTA EMBRIOLOGIAE ET MORPHOLOGIAE EXPERIMENTALIS. - ISSN 0391-9706. - STAMPA. - 8:(1987), pp. 389-409.