Toxin Secretion and Tail Autotomy by Irritated Oxynoe panamensis (Opisthobranchiata; Sacoglossa)

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1970-07
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Lewin, Ralph A.
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University of Hawai'i Press
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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.
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Lewin RA. 1970. Toxin secretion and tail autotomy by irritated Oxynoe panamensis (Opisthobranchiata; Sacoglossa). Pac Sci 24(3): 356-358.
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