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The Caecum of the Koala, Phascolarctos cinereus: Light, Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopic Observations on its Epithelium and Flora

R. A. McKenzie

Department of Anatomy, University of Queensland; present address: Animal Research Institute, Yeerongpilly, Qld 4105.

The pseudostratified columnar epithelium of the koala caecum is surmounted on its luminal border by a tall palisade fringe of bacteria of different types including Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacilli, cocci and actinomycete-like organisms. Ultrastructure of the epithelium indicates that it absorbs water and nutrients from the caecal lumen, and secretes mucus to lubricate the passage of ingesta.

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  • 2013
  • Biogeography
  • Biology
  • Chlamydia
  • Diet
  • Disease
  • Ecology
  • Ellis
  • Eucalyptus
  • Genetics
  • Habitat
  • Infection
  • Interventions
  • Koala
  • Lunney
  • Threats
  • Timms
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