Encyclopedia of Parasitology

Living Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Body Cover

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_425-2


General Information

The parasite-host interface is the place where nutrients are taken up and is the site of the attacks of the host’s defense system. In the parasitic Metazoa considered in this book, two main types of body cover exist:

The surface of both types of outer body cover (cuticle or tegument) may be lined by more or less thick layer(s) of carbohydrates, mucopolysaccharides, or even membranous material depending on the species and the site of parasitism.

The surface...


Calcium Carbonate Body Shape Membrane Transport Protection System Surface Coat 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany