[Return to Article]

Fig. 6. Observations of pearl formation with a cover slip method. A - outgrowth of epithelial-like cells (e) on day 1. m - mantle fragment. Phase contrast. B - emigrating epithelial-like cells in flattened appearance. Phase contrast. C and D - calcified crystals appeared on the glass surface on day 11 observed with a phase contrast (C) and a polarizing microscope (D). The crystals show birefringence under polarizing microscope. Arrowheads indicate identical crystals. Scale bars - 50 μm (A), 20 μm (B), 200 μm (C, D). B is reprinted with permission from Bull. Natl. Pearl Res. Lab., 13, Machii, Histological studies on the pearl-sac formation, 1489–1539, Fig. 37, © 1968, Fisheries Research Agency, Japan.

[Return to Article]

Copyright © TERRAPUB