Histological changes in the digestive tract of striped murrel larvae during ontogeny

Journal Article
Paray, Bilal Ahmad . 2015
Magazine \ Newspaper: 
Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences
Issue Number: 
7
Volume Number: 
44
Pages: 
984-992
Publication Abstract: 

In this study, the ontogeny of the digestive tract was studied histologically in striped murrel Channa striatus from

hatching to 25 days post-hatching (DPH). At hatching, the digestive tract of striped murrelconsisted of a straight tube

dorsally attached to the yolk sac. St 2 DPH, the mouth opened, oral valves were visible and taste buds were detected

between 2 and 3 DPH. During this period, intestine was differentiated into the anterior and posterior intestine, and the

digestive accessory glands were also developed. Exogenous feeding started at 3DPH, and there was a 2-day mixed

endogenous–exogenous feeding period. Most of the yolk sac reserves were consumed between 2 and 3 DPH, and by 5 DPH,

the yolk sac was completely depleted and no longer visible in histological sections. At 10DPH, differentiation of gastric

glands was noticed, and by 11–13DPH, there were abundant gastric tubular glands arranged along numerous longitudinal

folds. From 15DPH to the end of the study at 25DPH, no noticeable histological modifications were observed. Hence, it is

suggested that, striped murrel larvae have a morphologically complete digestive tract by 15DPH