Electron microscopy of the skin of the teleost, Hippoglossoides elassodon

  • G. A. Brown
  • S. R. Wellings


The normal skin of the pleuronectid fish, Hippoglossoides elassodon, is described by light and electron microscopy. The epidermis consists of 5 to 9 layers of cells, the majority of which are squamous cells and the minority mucous cells. The squamous cells are characterized by numerous desmosomes and associated cytoplasmic filaments. The mucous cells accumulate mucous droplets in vacuoles of Golgi origin and are observed apparently in the process of releasing their content at the free surface. The dermis consists of alternating lamellae composed of typical collagen fibers. Pigment cells are of three types: melanophores, iridophores (guanophores), and lipophores.


Teleosts Pleuronectides Hippoglossoides elassodon Skin Cell types 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. A. Brown
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. R. Wellings
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PathologyUniversity of Oregon Medical SchoolPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pathology, School of MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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