Proceedings: Animal Sciences

, Volume 88, Issue 4, pp 277–285 | Cite as

The structure and histochemistry of the oesophageal glands in the crabMenippe rumphii (Frabricius) (Crustacea : Brachyura)

  • D Erri Babu
  • K Shyamasundari
  • K Hanumantha Rao


In the crabMenippe rumphii, embedded in the connective tissue of the oesophagus there are salivary or oesophageal glands. Each gland is made up of four to eight conical cells with a central cavity. Histochemical observations on the gland cells have shown the presence of some neutral and weakly acidic sulfated mucopolysaccharides. The glands are positive to toluidine blue showing gamma metachromasia. Similar type of glands are also observed in the walls of the hindgut. The cytochemical details of the gland cells have been discussed in detail.


Structure histochemistry oesophageal glands crab Menippe rumphii 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D Erri Babu
    • 1
  • K Shyamasundari
    • 1
  • K Hanumantha Rao
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyAndhra UniversityWaltair

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