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The opening response of mussels (Mytilus edulis) exposed to rising sea-water concentrations
Davenport, J. (1981). The opening response of mussels (Mytilus edulis) exposed to rising sea-water concentrations. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 61(3): 667-678. hdl.handle.net/10.1017/S0025315400048116
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Cambridge. ISSN 0025-3154, more
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Keywords
    Salinity effects; Mytilus edulis Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Davenport, J., more

Abstract
    When exposed to water of low salinity specimens of Mytilus edulis L. keep their shell valves tightly closed; they do not gape periodically to test the external medium. Exchange of salts and water between the mantle cavity and the environment is thus minimized. Rising salinities are registered by diffusion of salts to the tentaculate portion of the inhalent siphon and not to any other portion of the mantle edge or to any more deeply located structures

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