Peritrophic Membranes

  • Werner Peters

Part of the Zoophysiology book series (ZOOPHYSIOLOGY, volume 30)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
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    Pages 1-4
  3. Werner Peters
    Pages 5-30
  4. Werner Peters
    Pages 31-118
  5. Werner Peters
    Pages 119-122
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    Pages 123-148
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    Pages 149-210
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 211-238

About this book


Peritrophic membranes are secretion products of the midgut. For long they have been related only to insects, but they occur widely in the animal kingdom. They effect a part of the gut lumen and function not only as a mechanical protection barrier, but also as an ultrafilter, a barrier to parasites, and as envelopes for fecal pellets. Such peritrophic envelopes are of great ecological importance in marine environments. The book is divided into the following themes: - Occurrence - Formation and Structure - Degradation - Chemical Composition - Functions. It is the first comprehensive compilation of all data concerning peritrophic membranes and will provide a basis for future researches in this up to now often neglected field.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Werner Peters
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für ZoologieUniversität DüsseldorfDüsseldorfGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-84416-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-84414-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0720-1842
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