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Table 1 Hemocyte types identified in Styela plicata

From: Putative stem cells in the hemolymph and in the intestinal submucosa of the solitary ascidian Styela plicata

Cell typeDiameter (µm)Identified contentPossible functionReferences
Granulocyte4.2–5.2Heparin and histamineSimilar to vertebrate basophilesde Barros et al. [46]
Lymphocyte-like cell3.1–4.8Nitric oxideSignaling in defense mechanismsde Barros et al. [25]
Hemoblast6.1NoneRegenerationMedina et al. [27]; Wright [5]
Morula cell8.8–16.1PhenoloxidaseCytotoxicityCammarata et al. [83]
Pigment cell5.1–13.1Nitrogenated compoundsPigmentationWright [5]