Intercellular Channels in the Salt Secreting Glands of Marine Turtles

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Science  12 Jun 1964:
Vol. 144, Issue 3624, pp. 1340-1342
DOI: 10.1126/science.144.3624.1340


Long, pleomorphic microvilli project from the walls of adjacent secretory cells in the lacrymal glands of sea turtles, and a substance identified histochemically as a mucopolysaccharide fills the intercellular channels. These features are not characteristic of the principal secretory cells in the salt glands of marine birds.