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February 22, 2002
From: Cynthia Trowbridge
Regarding your comment on self-fertilization, there is a classic paper by Kawaguti and Yamasu (1961) suggesting self-fertilization in the bivalved sacoglossan Berthelinia limax. The authors isolated sacoglossans "just after they had thrown away their [larval] velar cilia"(p. 215). It would be very interesting to use molecular methods to see the extent to which populations of these slugs are inbred. A great PhD project for someone....
• Kawaguti, S. & Yamasu, T. 1961. Self-fertilization in the bivalved gastropod with special references to the reproductive organs. Biol. J. Okayama, 7: 213-224.
Oregon State University
email@example.comTrowbridge, C., 2002 (Feb 22) Re: self-fertilization. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/6328
Thanks for reminding about this paper.
For those of you confused with names see my earlier comments on whether we should use Berthelinia, Tamanovalva or for that matter Endenttellina.