Epidermal ultrastructure of Seison nebaliae and Seison annulatus, and a comparison of epidermal structures within the Gnathifera
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The epidermis of both species of Seison is syncytial and has a characteristic internal layer divided into two distinct sublayers. Sublayer I is very thin (0.03 μm) and bounded to the outer cell membrane of the epidermis. Sublayer II is 0.5 μm thick and separated from sublayer I by a thin layer of cytoplasm. Intrusions of the outer cell membrane of the epidermis perforate the internal layer, before terminating within the cytoplasm. The intrusions of the cell membrane of S. annulatus are coated by an electron-dense material, the annulus, when passing through the internal layer. Bundles of filaments are present in the epidermis of S. nebaliae. A comparison of epidermal structures within the Gnathifera Ahlrichs, 1995, confirms phylogenetic relationships earlier proposed by the author.
KeywordsCell Membrane Thin Layer Phylogenetic Relationship Outer Cell Internal Layer
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