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Glandular epidermal structures in cordylid lizards

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The epidermal glandular structures in lizards belonging to the family Cordylidae are described. In addition to the large tubulo-follicular holocrine glands in the femoral region, "glandular scales" in the femoral, pre-cloacal, dorsal body and anterior antebrachial regions resembling epidermal "generation" glands are for the first time described histologically. In contrast to generation glands described in other lizards, a sequential buildup of glandular generations occur in these structures. Based on histological features, two types of cordylid generation glands are recognized, depending on whether the sequential buildup of the glandular generations is above ("protruding" type) or below ("pit" type) the stratum germinativum profile of the normal epidermis.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Zoology, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa; 2: John Ellerman Museum, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa


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