Re: Snail's slime

June 26, 2002
From: Cynthia Trowbridge

Dear Earl and Bill,
A colleague of mine in the UK, Mark Davies, has written numerous papers on gastropod mucus. Here is a partial list of publications. I am sure that the last reference listed would include everything you wanted to know about mucus but were afraid to ask.

• Holmes, S. P., Sturgess, C. J., Cherrill, A, & Davies, M.S. (2001) Shell wiping in Calliostoma zizyphinum (L.): the use of pedal mucus as a provendering agent and its contribution to the daily energetic requirements. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 212: 171-181.
• Davies, M.S., Beckwith, P. (1999) The role of mucus trails and trail-following in the behaviour and nutrition of the periwinkle Littorina littorea (L.). Marine Ecology Progress Series, 179: 247-257.
• Davies, M. S., Hawkins, S.J. (1998) Mucus from marine molluscs. Advances in Marine Biology, 34: 1-71.


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Thanks Cynthia,
Bill Rudman

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