Tumors in invertebrates
Keywords:tumors, insects, molluscs, invertebrates
Tumors are ectopic masses of tissue formed by due to an abnormal cell proliferation. In this
review tumors of several invertebrate species are examined. The description of tumors in invertebrates may be a difficult task, because the pathologists are usually inexperienced with invertebrate tissues, and the experts in invertebrate biology are not familiar with the description of tumors. As a consequence, the terminology used in defining the tumor type is related to that used in mammalian pathology, which can create misunderstandings in some occasions.