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Formation of the Byssus in the Common Mussel (Mytilus edulis L.)

Naturevolume 214pages204205 (1967) | Download Citation



THE available data about the structure of the byssus-making system, the functions of the various glands involved and the process by which the byssus is elaborated1–3 have still to be clarified. The present ideas on the question are too schematic and are not sufficient to explain what is known about the physico-chemical structures observed.

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    Brown, C. H., Quart. J. Micros. Sci., 93, 487 (1952).

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    Gerzeli, G., Pubbl. Staz. Zool. Napoli, 32, 88 (1961).

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    Smyth, J. D., Quart. J. Micros. Sci., 95, 139 (1954).

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    Rudall, K. M., Symp. Soc. Exp. Biol., 9, 49 (1955).

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    Policard, A., and Collet, A., Physiologic du Tissu Conjonctif (Masson et Cie, Paris, 1961).

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    Puchtler, H., and Sweat, J., J. Histochem. Cytochem., 10, 3, 365 (1962).

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  1. Station de Biologie Marine, Luc-sur-Mer, France

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