Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 333–338 | Cite as

On the ultrastructure and classification of the hemocytes of penaeid shrimp,Penaeus vannamei (Crustacea, Decapoda)

  • Liu Heng
  • Wang Lei


The ultrastructure of hemocytes ofPenaeus vannamei was examined by transmission electron microscope. Three types of hemocytes were identified: hyaline cell, small-granule cell and large-granule cell. Hyaline cells are the smallest of the hemocytes, lack electron-dense granules, have average size of 11.11 μm (SE±0.50,n=10)×6.96μm (SE±0.55,n=10), comprise 25.8% (SE±2.87,n=4×10) of the hemocytes; small granule cells are the most abundant type of hemocytes, comprise 58.1% (SE±3.40,n=4×10) of the hemocytes, contain small electron—dense granules, have average size of 10.78 μm (SE±0.60,n=10)×8.63 μm (SE±0.44,n=10); and large-granule cells comprise 16.1% (SE±2.55,n=4×10) of the hemocytes, are filled with large electron dense granules, have average size of 12.51 μm (SE±0.63,n=10)×8.99μm (SE±0.71,n=10).

Key words

Penaeus vannamei hemocyte ultrastructure classification 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Liu Heng
    • 1
  • Wang Lei
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of OceanologyChinese Academy of SciencesQingdao

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