Elysia anatomy again

July 16, 2003
From: Skip Pierce

Hi Bill,
Concerning your question, I don't think there is much in the literature about gas exchange per se in elysiids, especially comparing the integument with the circulatory system-although I might have missed it. Photosynthesis has been shown, carbon fixation and the appearance of photosynthetically fixed carbon in "animal" molecules (metabolites and mucus, as I recall)-- but the slugs are relatively small and worse, make so much mucus that doing much physiology or biochemistry on them is a real chore -- mucus everywhere.


Pierce, S., 2003 (Jul 16) Elysia anatomy again. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/10453

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