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Title: Toxin Secretion and Tail Autotomy by Irritated Oxynoe panamensis (Opisthobranchiata; Sacoglossa)
Authors: Lewin, Ralph A.
Issue Date: Jul-1970
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Lewin RA. 1970. Toxin secretion and tail autotomy by irritated Oxynoe panamensis (Opisthobranchiata; Sacoglossa). Pac Sci 24(3): 356-358.
Abstract: The green sacoglossan gastropod Oxynoe panamensis occurs in mangrove
swamps on the coasts of Baja Californi a, Mexico, apparently feeding exclusively
on the green siphonaceous alga Caulerpa sertularioides . When irritated, it
secretes an astringent, milky mucus, which contains a toxin lethal to fish. Continued
molestation may induce autotomy of the tail.
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 24, Number 3, 1970

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