endocuticle

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endocuticle

[¦en·dō′kyüd·i·kəl]
(invertebrate zoology)
The inner, elastic layer of an insect cuticle.
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The cuticle consists of three main layers: the epicuticle, the exocuticle and the endocuticle, where the latter two layers form the procuticle.
2a): the epicuticle, the procuticle comprised of the exocuticle and endocuticle, and the innermost epidermis.
In decapod crustaceans, the solid cuticle of sclerites is composed of an outer thin epicuticle and three fibrous composite layers forming the procuticle (for reviews, see Neville, 1975, 1984, 1993; Goffinet and Jeuniaux, 1994; Compare, 1995).
The procuticle is composed of the exo- and endocuticle which are composed mainly of chitin and protein, wherein the exocuticle is generally melanized (Andersen, 2002).