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Cross section of a Herbst corpuscle in the skin of a chicken (HE)
Within the feather tracts, Herbst corpuscles are closely situated beside the feather follicles. Not every follicle has a corpuscle and there is only a maximum of two around each follicle. A Herbst corpuscle is sausage shaped and often bent double once or twice, so one corpuscle can be seen several times on one cross section.
A Herbst corpuscle is connected to a feather follicle by a strand of connective tissue that contains many elastic fibers.