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Structure fine des sphérulocytes de l'holothuride Holothuria tubulosa (Echinodermata)
Jans, D.; Jangoux, M. (1990). Structure fine des sphérulocytes de l'holothuride Holothuria tubulosa (Echinodermata), in: De Ridder, C. et al. (Ed.) Echinoderm Research. Proceedings of the Second European Conference on Echinoderms, Brussels, Belgium, 18-21 September 1989. pp. 261-267
In: De Ridder, C. et al. (Ed.) (1990). Echinoderm Research. Proceedings of the Second European Conference on Echinoderms, Brussels, Belgium, 18-21 September 1989. A.A. Balkema: Rotterdam, Brookfield. ISBN 90-6191-141-9. 343 pp., more

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Document type: Conference paper

Keywords
    Biology > Organism morphology > Animal morphology
    Holothuria tubulosa Gmelin, 1791 [WoRMS]
    Marine

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  • Jans, D.
  • Jangoux, M., more

Abstract
    Two distinct types of spherulocytes occur in the general body cavity of the holothuroid Holothuria tubulosa. Type A spherulocytes correspond to the colourless spherulocytes already described in holothuroids and echinoids. Though also colourless, type B spherulocytes show striking morphological similarities with the red spherulocytes of echinoids. It is hypothesized that type B spherulocytes would fulfil similar functions as the red spherulocytes of echinoids, viz. the protection of the holothuroid against invading microorganisms through the secretion of particular toxines.

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