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New Lateral Line Sensory Organs in Xenopus lævis Daudin

Naturevolume 168page477 (1951) | Download Citation



DURING an investigation of a trematode infestation in Xenopus lævis a median ventral row of ‘lateral’ sensory organs was observed, which has not previously been described1. The observation was due to the nature of the infestation, and Fig. 1 is a photograph of a parasitized adult female toad. The parasites (Strigeid metacercariæ) encyst in all layers of the dermis beneath the lateral sense organs, and the position of these is emphasized by numerous large melanophores close to the cysts, while the rest of the skin remains paler than usual.

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  1. 1

    Escher, K., Acta Zool., 6, 307 (1925).

  2. 2

    Paterson, N. F., Quart. J. Micro. Sci., 81, 161 (1939).

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    • E. ELKAN
  2. Department of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy, Oxford

    • R. W. MURRAY


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