Water balance and the mantle cavity fluid of Nucella lapillus(L.) (Mollusca: Prosobranchia)

Boyle, P.R., Sillar, Madelaine and Bryceson, Kim (1979) Water balance and the mantle cavity fluid of Nucella lapillus(L.) (Mollusca: Prosobranchia). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 40 1: 41-51. doi:10.1016/0022-0981(79)90032-7


Author Boyle, P.R.
Sillar, Madelaine
Bryceson, Kim
Title Water balance and the mantle cavity fluid of Nucella lapillus(L.) (Mollusca: Prosobranchia)
Journal name Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-0981
Publication date 1979-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0022-0981(79)90032-7
Volume 40
Issue 1
Start page 41
End page 51
Total pages 11
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Formatted abstract
When uncovered by the tide Nucella lapillus (L.) retains fluid in the mantle cavity which accounts for ≈ 39% of the total water content of the attached animal. This extra-corporeal fluid reservoir retained in the mantle cavity has been investigated in relation to desiccation. Volume changes of mantle cavity fluid (m.c.f.) and concentration changes in Cl-, Na+ and total osmotic pressure of m.c.f. and blood, suggest that the m.c.f. reduces the full effects of desiccation on the animal by restricting those effects to the external compartment. The blood of Nucella living in normal sea water was found to be hypo-osmotic and an hypothesis is presented which links this to the rôle of the m.c.f. during desiccation.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Biological Sciences Publications
 
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