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Type: Journal article
Title: Morphology of the Harderian gland of some Australian geckos
Author: Rehorek, S.
Firth, B.
Hutchinson, M.
Citation: Journal of Morphology, 1997; 231(3):253-259
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 1997
ISSN: 0362-2525
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Susan J. Rehorek, Bruce T. Firth and Mark N. Hutchison
Abstract: This study of the morphology, histology, histochemistry, and ultrastructure of the Harderian gland in Geckos (Squamata, Gekkota) revealed previously unreported variation. The gecko Harderian gland is unlike that of other squamates in that each cell of the secretory epithelium has both lipid and protein secretory granules. Lipid secretion has not been reported previously for the squamate Harderian gland. The structure of the protein granules resembles that described for a scincomorph lizard (Podarcis, Lacertidae). Differences between representatives of the subfamilies Gekkoninae and Diplodactylinae suggest possible phylogenetic constraints in the structure or function of Harderian glands within gekkotan lineages. The structural relationship between the Harderian gland and the lacrimal duct supports previous suggestions of a possible functional link between the Harderian gland and the vomeronasal organ. J Morphol 231:253-259, 1997. © 1997 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Rights: © 1997 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
RMID: 0030006252
DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1097-4687(199703)231:3<253::AID-JMOR4>3.0.CO;2-C
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