Integument

  • Allan F. Wiechmann
  • Celeste R. Wirsig-Wiechmann

Abstract

The integumentary system consists of the skin (integument) and its associated structures. The skin is composed of two major portions; the epidermis and the dermis. In Xenopus, the epidermis is a keratinized stratified squamous epithelium. The dermis is composed of loose and dense connective tissue. Associated with the skin are exocrine glands which secrete a variety of substances through ducts to the body surface, and lateral line organs, which are sensitive to fluid movement.

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Allan F. Wiechmann
    • 1
  • Celeste R. Wirsig-Wiechmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Cell Biology and OphthalmologyUniversity of OklahomaOklahoma
  2. 2.Departments of Cell Biology and ZoologyUniversity of OklahomaOklahoma

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