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Light as an inhibitor of strobilation in Aurelia aurita
Custance, D.R.N. (1964). Light as an inhibitor of strobilation in Aurelia aurita. Nature (Lond.) 204(4964): 1219-1220.
In: Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science. Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 0028-0836, more
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    Aurelia aurita (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Custance, D.R.N.

    The environmental conditions under which strobilation of Aurelia scyphistomæ occurs are incompletely understood. Berrill in a review suggests three factors as being of particular significance: a heavy diet of suitable food prior to metamorphosis; a definite, low critical temperature, usually the winter minimum; and a good supply of food and oxygen at the critical period. Thiel, as a result of observations on naturally-occurring populations of scy-phistomæ, largely supports these suggestions and places particular emphasis on the food supply prior to strobilation. Laboratory experiments have produced conflicting results.

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