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Tissue Cell. 1976;8(1):47-60.

Fine structure of the epidermis of the optic tentacle in a slug, Limax flavus L.

Abstract

The epidermis at the tip of the optic tentacle in Limax flavus is constructed of columnar epithelial cells, distal processes of nerve cells, and scattered processes of the collar cells. The epithelial cells extend stout microvilli called plasmatic processes by Wright perpendicularly from the free surface. Each plasmic process branches into a few terminal twigs embedded in a fuzzy filamentous substance. Most nerve cells have their nuclei under the basal lamina. The distal processes of these nerve cells reach the free surface and send long microvilli to form the spongy layer under a filamentous covering. At the side surface of the tentacle the epithelial cells are cuboidal or squamous and the neural elements are fewer. Here, no spongy layer is formed; and the collar cell processes are replaced by the lateral cell processes. Peculiar secretion granules are contained in the lateral and collar cell processes as well as in their cell bodies situated beneath the basal lamina.

PMID:
1265736
DOI:
10.1016/0040-8166(76)90019-7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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