Food and the Digestive Processes of the Lamellibranchs


IN most of the recent literature1,2 concerning the food, feeding habits and digestive processes of the lamellibranchs, it is claimed: (1) that the food of this class (septibranchs excepted) consists of minute particles mainly of plant origin ; (2) that the digestion of protein and fat is exclusively intracellular and takes place either in the cells of the digestive diverticula or in wandering phagocytes ; (3) that the digestive diverticula are not organs of secretion.

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MANSOUR, K. Food and the Digestive Processes of the Lamellibranchs. Nature 157, 482 (1946) doi:10.1038/157482c0

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