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- n. An organ of the digestive tract of arthropods and fish, which provides the functions which in mammals are provided separately by the liver and pancreas.
Digestion is aided by a digestive gland called a hepatopancreas; it is often referred to as the liver, but has many more functions.
The "hepatopancreas" is the yellowish-green digestive part of the crab.
The most important organ in the crustacean is what biologists call the midgut gland or hepatopancreas, and what the rest of us usually call the “liver.”
The cephalothorax of crustaceans contains a large, flavorful digestive gland, the hepatopancreas, whose enzymes can also damage the surrounding muscle.
The hepatopancreas helps break down proteins and lipids.
Many fish livers are prized, including those of the goatfish (“red mullet”, monkfish, mackerel, ray, and cod, as is the comparable organ in crustaceans, the hepatopancreas (p.