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The fine structure of epidermal lines on arms and head of postembryonic Sepia officinalis and Loligo vulgaris (Mollusca, Cephalopoda)

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The structure and cell types of the epidermal lines that are found on the surface of the head and arms of Sepia officinalis and Loligo vulgaris, were investigated by light- and transmission electron microscopy. The lines consist of ciliated cells and non-ciliated, accessory cells. The axon of the ciliated cell and the ultrastructure of the latter indicate that this element is sensory; therefore, the epidermal lines of cephalopods may be regarded as a type of sensory organ.

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Correspondence to Dr. Gudrun Sundermann.

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Sundermann, G. The fine structure of epidermal lines on arms and head of postembryonic Sepia officinalis and Loligo vulgaris (Mollusca, Cephalopoda). Cell Tissue Res. 232, 669–677 (1983). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00216437

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Key words

  • Epidermal lines
  • Ciliated cells
  • Sepia officinalis
  • Loligo vulgaris
  • Cephalopoda