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Mosaic pigment cells in the dermis of the toad, Bufo bufo (L.) (Amphibia, Anura)

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The dermis of the common toad (Bufo bufo) contains three types of chromatophores (xanthophores, iridophores, melanophores) characterized by their own specific pigmented granules. Beyond that, chromatophores with mixed populations of granules, i. e. xanthophores and iridophores containing few melanosomes and a type of cromatophore, which has large amounts of melanosomes plus pterinosomes, have been found. Granules occur regularly in xanthophores consisting of a melanosom, which is surrounded by concentric lamellae typical for pterinosomes.

Affiliations: 1: Zoologisches Institut der Universität Münster, Hüfferstr. 1, D-4400 Münster, F. R. of Germany


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