Letter | Published:

‘Weber's Glands’ and Respiration in Woodlice

Naturevolume 166pages115116 (1950) | Download Citation



THE view has long been held that certain tegumental glands in woodlice, known as ‘Weber's glands’, play an important part in respiration, and have been evolved in adaptation to terrestrial life. This conception appears to be wholly mistaken. It seems to have originated in a misreading of the literature, and although widely accepted there is little evidence of any real attempt to confirm it by direct observation.

Access optionsAccess options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.


  1. 1

    Gorvett, H., Quart. J. Micr. Sci., 87, 209 (1946).

  2. 2

    Herold, W., Zool. Jahrb. Jena (Anat.), 35, 457 (1913).

  3. 3

    Weber, M., Arch. Mikr. Anat., 19, 579 (1881).

  4. 4

    Bepler, H., “Über die Atmung der Oniscoideen” (Greifswald, 1909).

  5. 5

    Němec, B., Sb. Böhm. Ges. Wiss., nat.-math. Kl., 45 (1895).

  6. 6

    Němec, B., Sb. Böhm. Ges. Wiss., nat.-math. Kl., 25 (1896).

  7. 7

    Němec, B., Zool. Anz. Leipzig, 19, 297 (1896).

  8. 8

    Kimus, J., Cellule, 15, 297 (1897).

  9. 9

    Unwin, E. E., Pap. Roy. Soc. Tasm., 37 (1932).

  10. 10

    Wigglesworth, V. B., “The Principles of Insect Physiology” (London, 1947).

  11. 11

    Verhoeff, K. W., Z. wiss. Zool., Leipzig, 118, 365 (1919).

Download references

Author information


  1. Department of Zoology and Applied Entomology, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, S.W.7

    • H. GORVETT


  1. Search for H. GORVETT in:

About this article

Publication history

Issue Date



Further reading


By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.