oa African Zoology - The elimination of foreign particles injected into the haemocoels of some prosobranchiate Gastropoda

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



This is one of a series of papers dealing with the elimination of foreign, particulate material from the body fluids of invertebrate animals. In the past such studies have not been carried out systematically; a wide variety of substances has been introduced by different workers into different invertebrates and little or no attempt has been made to ensure that the experimental animals are kept under comparable or even controlled conditions. It is thus not possible to compare the results gained by different workers and there is virtually no information available on the rate of elimination of particles or the factors affecting it. The only exception of note appears to be the meticulous work of Feng (1962, 1965, etc) on the oyster, Crassostrea virginica. Also, there are groups of animals which have been completely overlooked as far as the elimination of foreign particles is concerned.

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