Mucous Envelope Formation in Two Species of Hawaiian Parrotfishes (Genus Scarus)

dc.contributor.author Byrne, John E. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-26T23:12:16Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-26T23:12:16Z
dc.date.issued 1970-10 en_US
dc.description.abstract Some parrotfishes have developed a unique capacity to form a mucous envelope at night. Scarus dubius and S. perspicillatus are two Hawaiian species that exhibit envelope-building behavior. Laboratory experiments indicate that envelope formation is promoted by darkness, and is inhibited by constant light. The completed envelope is a transparent, mucous cocoon surrounding the fish. A mass of glandular tissue was found in the buccal cavity of S. dubius and S. perspicillatuS. It is suggested that this tissue is the envelope-producing gland. en_US
dc.identifier.citation Byrne JE. 1970. Mucous envelope formation in two species of Hawaiian parrotfishes (genus Scarus). Pac Sci 24(4): 490-493. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0030-8870 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/6131
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press en_US
dc.title Mucous Envelope Formation in Two Species of Hawaiian Parrotfishes (Genus Scarus) en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
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