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pdf 09. Hitherto undescribed ultrastructural features in the epidermis of two African amphibians

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pp.47-50

Authors: M. R. Warburg , Mira Rosenberg And K. E. Linsenmair

Abstract: The epidermis of Hyperolius nitidulus (Peters, 1 875) (Hyperoliidae) consists of three strata: stratum corneum, stratum granulosum and stratum germinativum. The stratum corneum of both H. nitidulus and Hemisus marmoratus (Peters, 1 854) (Hemisiidae), contains 1 -2 replacement layers. The granular cells of H. nitidulus are arranged in 2-3 rows. No granular cells typical of the stratum granulosum could be seen in H. marmoratus. This is a unique situation for any .amphibian. Very large germinative cells were observed in both anurans. In H. nitidulus a unique, long and slender 'pillar cell' is situated under the stratum corneum, extending through the stratum germinativum, and the basement membrane deep into the dermis. This cell contains abundant tonofilaments, and appears to function as a pillar supporting the frequently moulting stratum corneum.

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