Energetics of mucus production in the common whelk buccinum undatum L

1991-01-01
Kıdeyş, Ahmet Erkan
Hartnoll, RG
Pedal and hypobranchial mucus production of the common whelk Buccinum undatum L. were measured at three different temperatures (8.2, 10.5 and 15-degrees-C). Pedal mucus production at 8.2-degrees-C was significantly lower from that at 10.5-degrees-C, but similar to that at 15-degrees-C. In contrast hypobranchial mucus production at 8.2-degrees-C was significantly higher than that at 10.5-degrees-C but again similar to that at 15-degrees-C. At all temperatures whelks produced more hypobranchial than pedal mucus. Food consumption was measured, and from this it was determined that almost-equal-to 27.5% of the total energy intake appeared as mucus production (pedal + hypobranchial). Other studies on gastropod mucus energetics are reviewed, and possible sources of error in the determination of mucus energetics are discussed.
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A. E. Kıdeyş and R. Hartnoll, “Energetics of mucus production in the common whelk buccinum undatum L,” pp. 91–105, 1991, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/29854.