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Control of Respiratory Movements in Crustacea

Nature volume 131, pages 514515 (08 April 1933) | Download Citation



WHEREAS in mammals the factors controlling lung ventilation have been intensively studied, data for respiratory control in the invertebrates are relatively scarce. The cases hitherto investigated of the environmental factors (other than temperature) which influence respiratory movements in the invertebrates have shown that sometimes both carbon dioxide excess and oxygen deficiency act as stimulants (snails1, Octopus2, insects3,4), sometimes carbon dioxide alone is effective (Squilla5), while in other cases it is oxygen alone which is responsible (Tubifex6).

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  1. Zoological Department, University of Birmingham. Feb. 28.

    • H. MUNRO Fox
    •  & M. L. JOHNSON


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