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, 167 (1), 37-47

The Ultrastructure and Calcification of the Scales of Tilapia Mossambica (Peters)

The Ultrastructure and Calcification of the Scales of Tilapia Mossambica (Peters)

W J Lanzing et al. Cell Tissue Res.

Abstract

The scales of Tilapia are surrounded by an envelope of scleroblasts responsible for the production of layers of collagen that constitute the bulk of the scale. The scleroblasts adjoining the lateral face of the oldest scale region gradually atrophy. New Collagen layers are deposited against the inner face of the scale, the adjoining scleroblasts showing evidence of high metabolic activity. Calcification occurs by inotropic deposition of crystals alongside the fibres. There is no sharp demarcation between calcified and non-calcified scale regions, a calcification front gradually moving towards newly formed collagen layers. It is felt that fish scales should be considered as calcified derivatives of dermal collagen layers.

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