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Surface Topography of Marine Leeches as Revealed by Scanning Electron Microscopy
R. A. Khan and C. J. Emerson
Transactions of the American Microscopical Society
Vol. 100, No. 1 (Jan., 1981), pp. 51-55
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3225783
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An SEM study has revealed varying ciliary patterns on the bodies of four species of hematophagous marine leeches. The probosces, especially, are endowed with cilia arranged mostly in clumps on their rims, but these decrease in number in the region of the oral orifices. Cilia also occur in clumps, diffuse patches, or in pits on their trunks, but are sparse in the region of the posterior suckers. It is probable that the cilia serve a sensory function, especially in the proboscis end.
Transactions of the American Microscopical Society © 1981 American Microscopical Society