Free Content Scanning Electron Microscopy of the Proboscidial Papillae of Some European Glyceridae

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The proboscidial papillae are one of the major identification characters in Glyceridae. Due to their small size, light microscopy very often does not show their full details. Therefore, the proboscidial papillae of five European species of the Glyceridae are described using scanning electron microscopy. All five species show typical papillae with species-specific structurcs. Glycera tridactyla can be distinguished from G. alba by the size and structure of the respective "fingernail papillae". Thus, the proboscidial papillae provide a reliable character for species identification when studied by scanning electron microscopy.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 1997

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