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Wolff, JO; Seiter, M; Gorb, SN.
(2017): The water-repellent cerotegument of whip-spiders (Arachnida: Amblypygi)
ARTHROPOD STRUCT DEV. 2017; 46(1): 116-129. FullText FullText_BOKU

The cuticle of arthropods is usually composed of layers of a chitin-protein-microcomposite, a proteinaceous epicuticle and a thin lipid coating. However, in some instances a thick cement layer (cerotegument) covers the cuticle and may produce elaborate microstructures. This has previously been described for millipedes and mites. Here we report the previously unknown presence of a superhydrophobic cerotegument in whip-spiders (Ambypygi) and reveal its variation in ultrastructure and water-repellence between species. We discuss the relevance of found micro-morphological and physical characters for taxonomy and phylogenetics of this group, and the potential biological functions. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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