Letter | Published:

Rectal Glands in Woodlice

Naturevolume 191pages406407 (1961) | Download Citation



THE structure and function of the rectal glands of insects have been investigated by several workers1. Later, Wigglesworth2 studied these glands more thoroughly in a number of species. No report, however, has yet appeared in the literature regarding the presence of rectal glands in woodlice (Crustacea : Isopoda), although Edney3 stated : “the fæcal pellets are moist, and there appears to be no mechanism comparable with the rectal glands of insects for reabsorption of water contained in the rectal contents”. This observation, however, was not based on any experimental or histological studies.

Access optionsAccess options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.


  1. 1

    Tonkov, V., Rev. Russe d'Entom., 18, 69 (1923). Borri, C., Atti Soc. Toscana di Sci. Nat., 36, 226 (1925). Chun, C., Abt. Senckenb. Ges., 10, 27 (1876).

  2. 2

    a, Wigglesworth, V. B., J. Exp. Biol., 8, 411 (1931). b, Quart. J. Micro. Sci., 75, 131 (1932).

  3. 3

    Edney, E. B., Biol. Rev., 29, 185 (1954).

  4. 4

    Kuenen, D. J., Ent. Exp. and App., 2, 287 (1959).

  5. 5

    Collinge, W. E., Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., (9), 7, 212 (1921). Gorvett, H., Quart. J. Micro. Sci., 87, 209 (1946).

  6. 6

    Gatenby, J. B., and Beams, H. W., The Microtomist's Vade-Mecum (Churchill, London, 1950). Gray, P., The Microtomist's Formulary and Guide (Constable, London, 1954).

  7. 7

    Lendrum, A. C., J. Path. Bact., 59, 399 (1947).

  8. 8

    Spencer, J. O., and Edney, E. B., J. Exp. Biol., 31, 491 (1954).

Download references

Author information


  1. Department of Zoology, King's College, Strand, London, W.C.2



  1. Search for MINATI GUPTA 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.