The tentorium (plural tentoria) is a term used to refer to the framework of internal supports within an arthropod head.[1] The tentorium is formed by ingrowths of the exoskeleton, called apophyses, which fuse in various ways to provide rigid support for the muscles of the head.[2]


  1. ^ J. G. E. Lewis (2007). "The musculature and endoskeleton". The Biology of Centipedes. Cambridge University Press. pp. 67–84. ISBN 978-0-521-03411-1.
  2. ^ William S. Romoser (2004). "Introduction to arthropods: structure, function and development". In Bruce F. Eldridge, John D. Edman (ed.). Medical Entomology: A Textbook on Public Health and Veterinary Problems Caused by Arthropods (2nd ed.). Springer. pp. 13–51. ISBN 978-1-4020-1794-0.