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Fine structure of the podia in three species of paxillosid asteroids of the genus Luidia (Echinodermata)
Flammang, P. (1995). Fine structure of the podia in three species of paxillosid asteroids of the genus Luidia (Echinodermata), in: Schockaert, E.R. (Ed.) Proceedings of the First Benelux Congress of Zoology, Leuven, 4-5 November 1994. Belgian Journal of Zoology, 125(1): pp. 125-134
In: Schockaert, E.R. (Ed.) (1995). Proceedings of the First Benelux Congress of Zoology, Leuven, 4-5 November 1994. Belgian Journal of Zoology, 125(1). Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Dierkunde = Société royale zoologique de Belgique: Diepenbeek. 263 pp., more
In: Belgian Journal of Zoology. Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Dierkunde = Société royale zoologique de Belgique: Gent. ISSN 0777-6276, more
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Abstract
    Individuals of the paxillosid asteroid genus Luidia use their podia in locomotion and burrowing. Each podium in the three considered species consist of a stem with a pointed knob at its tip. The knob consists of four tissue layers that are, from the inside to the outside, a mesothelium, a connective tissue layer, a nerve plexus, and an epidermis. The latter is made up of four cells. The epidermal cells of the podial knob are presumably functioning as duogland adhesive system in which adhesive secretions would be produced by secretory cells while de-adhesion, on the other hand, would be due to neurosecretory cell secretions. Although the podia of the three considered species of Luidia share numerous similarities, there are nevertheless several important morphological differences between, on the one hand, the podia of L. ciliaris and L. marculata, and, on the other hand, the podia of L. penangenis. These differences stress that carefulness is required when generalisations, drawn from the morphology of a single species, are applied to related species having the same life style; but also that the genus Luidia needs to be re-examined from a taxonomic point of view.

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