Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Sunken Epithelium

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_3048

The inner  cell membrane of the syncytical  tegument of  Platyhelminthes is connected to finger-like protrusions of parenchymal cells ( Platyhelminthes, Figs. 11 and 19), the cell body (cyton) of which is situated below the circular and longitudinal muscle bundles. These connections, which pass the basal lamina, led in earlier light microscopic studies to descriptions such as “sunken epithelium” for the body wall of platyhelminths ( Platyhelminthes/ Integument).

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