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Tissue Cell. 1984;16(6):941-50.

The ultrastructure of the lens of the cephalopod Sepiola: a scanning electron microscopic study.


The ultrastructure of the eye lens of Sepiola atlantica was investigated using scanning electron microscopy. The main lens elements in both the anterior and posterior half of the Sepiola lens are plate-like configurations with fiber-like extensions at their margins. Anteriorly the plates are plano-convex, posteriorly subspherical. The central, primordial, posterior plates are spherical with no marginal extensions. The plates are mutually anchored by protrusions and invaginations and by push-button attachments. The posterior and anterior halves are separated by a septum which consists of concentric zones of radially orientated elongated cells. The marginal extensions of the plates and the septal elements are closely associated. The unique structure of the septum makes it a good candidate for the high resistance barrier between the posterior and anterior halves of the Sepiola lens (Jacob and Duncan, 1981).

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