Assertion : Hepatopancreas of prawn is equivalent to the liver and pancreas of higher animals.
Reason : Hepatopancreas stores the absorbed nutrients from stomach and midgut.
The hepatopancreas is a gland located around the stomach and midgut of the alimentary canal of prawn. It serves the role of pancreas, intestinal glands and liver of higher animals, because, it secretes hepatopancreatic juice which contains the enzymes for digesting carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. The duct from hepatopancreas opens into the stomach and the enzymes of hepatopancreatic juice acts upon the food present in the stomach. Digested foods are then absorbed from the stomach and midgut and get stored in the hepatopancreas.