Annelida: The Body Wall

The Body Wall

The body wall is covered with epidermis overlaid with a thin, pliant cuticle secreted by the epidermal cells. The body wall consists of well-developed, segmentally arranged muscles used for crawling and swimming movements. Most annelids possess short external bristles called setae, or chaetae, composed of chitin. Setae are used to grip the soil, to hold the animal in a tube, or to increase the surface areas of appendages for swimming.

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