The bilateral salivary glands, ducts, and nerves of the giant garden slug Limax maximus control the secretion of saliva and its transport to the buccal mass. Each salivary nerve, which originates at the buccal ganglion, contains over 3000 axon profiles. These axons innervate the musculature of the duct and branch within the gland. The salivary duct is composed of several muscular layers surrounding an epithelial layer which lines the duct lumen. The morphology of the duct epithelium indicates that it may function in ion or water balance. The salivary gland contains four major types of secretory cells. The secretory products are released from vacuoles in the gland cells, and are presumably transported by cilia in the collecting ducts of the gland into the larger muscular ducts.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Developmental Biology
- Cell Biology