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The potential importance of podocysts to the formation of scyphozoan blooms: a review
Arai, M.N. (2009). The potential importance of podocysts to the formation of scyphozoan blooms: a review. Hydrobiologia 616(1): 241-246. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s10750-008-9588-5
In: Hydrobiologia. Springer: The Hague. ISSN 0018-8158; e-ISSN 1573-5117, more
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Keywords
    Interspecific relationships > Predation
    Production
    Reproduction
    Marine
Author keywords
    Medusa; Polyp; Excystment

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  • Arai, M.N.

Abstract
    Podocysts are cysts with stored reserves of organic compounds produced beneath the pedal discs of polyps of scyphozoans in the orders Rhizostomae (suborder Dactyliophorae) and Semaeostomae. They excyst small polyps that develop into fully active polyps (scyphistomae) capable of further podocyst production and of medusa production by strobilation. They contribute to increasing the number of polyps and also to survival through seasonal periods of reduced food availability or predation. These attributes may help support scyphozoan blooms, but as yet there are few quantitative data.

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