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An SEM and TEM study revealed details of the development of the pronephros of Caretta caretta. The pronephros develops and degenerates over 13 days from day 7 to day 20 in embryos incubated at 33°C. Podocytes, with primary branches, secondary branches, and pedicles, on a basal lamina, can be seen from day 11, as can ciliated pronephric tubule ostia opening into the coelom. At this stage the embryo has four pharyngeal arches with unfused mandibular processes, and small fore-limb buds each with an apical ectodermal ridge. Maturation of the pronephros occurs between days 15 and 17. Degeneration begins around day 18 and is advanced by day 20 when the embryo has a fully developed face, fore-limbs with digits, and the carapace and plastron have formed.
PMID: 29865741 [PubMed]