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The structure and growth of the statocyst in the Australian crayfish Cherax destructor
Finley, L.; MacMillan, D. (2000). The structure and growth of the statocyst in the Australian crayfish Cherax destructor. Biol. Bull. 199: 251-256
In: Biological Bulletin. Marine Biological Laboratory: Lancaster, Pa. etc.. ISSN 0006-3185, more
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  • Finley, L.
  • MacMillan, D.

    The morphology of the statocyst of the Australian crayfish Cherax destructor was examined using scanning electron microscopy. It resembles in general structure, size, and position the statocysts of crayfish described previously, and the size and distribution of the fields of setae on the floor of the capsule are similar but not the same. Over the size range examined, the relationship between the carapace length, the length of the basal antennular segment, the diameter of the statocyst capsule, and the total number of setae are all linear. The number and position of setae on the floor of the statocyst capsule were mapped for animals in two size classes (small, ca. 20 mm; large, ca. 50 mm) to test for changes in their arrangement during growth. The change in the ratio of setal number to statocyst size between the two size classes was about three times greater for the anterior setal field than for the other fields. We propose that differential development of the setal fields may be related to changes in the force-monitoring requirements of the animals as they increase in size, but this remains to be experimentally tested.

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