THE SKIN | Functional morphology of the integumentary system in fishes

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Edited by: Anthony P. Farrell

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Abstract

The integument that covers the outer surface of a fish’s body and fins is a multifunctional organ, with morphological features highly adapted to carry out these functions. The integument consists of two layers. The outer layer, the epidermis, is essentially cellular in structure, comprised of a multilayered epithelium that usually includes specialized cells. The inner layer, the dermis, is primarily a fibrous structure with relatively few cells, although it may contain scales, nerves, blood vessels, adipose tissue, and pigment cells.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title THE SKIN | Functional morphology of the integumentary system in fishes
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-374553-8.00108-8
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher Academic Press
Publisher location San Diego, CA
Contributing office(s) Western Fisheries Research Center
Description 13 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Encyclopedia of fish physiology
First page 476
Last page 488
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N