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Physiological changes following transplantation of the bivalve Scrobicularia plana between three populations
Worrall, C.M.; Widdows, J. (1983). Physiological changes following transplantation of the bivalve Scrobicularia plana between three populations. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 12: 281-287
In: Marine Ecology Progress Series. Inter-Research: Oldendorf/Luhe. ISSN 0171-8630, more
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Keywords
    Animal physiology; Biochemistry; Biophysics; Environmental factors; Physiology; Transplantation; Scrobicularia plana (da Costa, 1778) [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Worrall, C.M.
  • Widdows, J., more

Abstract
    Transplants of the bivalve S. Plana (Da Costa) were made between the Lynher, East Looe and Gannel estuaries (South West England) to ascertain the plasticity of the physiological responses recorded in the native populations. All transplants showed either a partial or almost complete acclimatization to conditions at the transplant site which indicated that the physiological differences between populations were largely environmentally induced, i.e. phenotypic. Incomplete acclimatization could be attributed to either the relatively short transplant period of 3 mo or the timing of the transplant in relation to the reproductive cycle.

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