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Epithelial cells of the posterior midgut are each characterized by the presence of a well-developed striated border relative to the digestive cells of the anterior midgut, which suggests a role of nutrient absorption; moreover the occurrence of apocrine secretion or release of cytoplasmic vesicles into the lumen was not observed.
phyllinus with those of other Orthopteroidea showed differences in apocrine secretion and the occurrence of gastric caecae in the posterior midgut.
Scanning electron micrograph of the anterior midgut epithelium (ep) showing the bubbles (b) of apocrine secretion in the cell apex and the absence of striated border.