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The surface of the tongue is composed of multiple specialized cells. I incorrectly labeled the image below, captured by a scanning electron micrograph, as taste buds when the image is actually showing mechanical cells called filiform papillae found on the dorsal surface. The keratinized stratified squamous epithelial cells are devouid of taste receptors (taste buds) and elongated into thick dense cones.
Contributed by Beth Wiecher