Date of Award
Master of Science
The effect of bilateral eyestalk ligation or ablation on the blood Na+ and ca++ concentrations of the euryhaline blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, was measured in 10 o/oo and 5 o/oo sea water. The ablations caused a significant decrease in the blood Na+ and ca++ over a 24 hour period. The serum Na+ level increased significantly 6 hours following injections of an eyestalk extract whereas the blood total ca++ level did not change significantly. Eyestalk ligation, however, did not cause significant blood Na+ and ca++ changes. The blood Na+ level of intact crabs increased significantly in acclimating to colder water when compared to eyestalk-ablated crabs.
Ivy, Gregory Martin, "The role of an eyestalk extract in the regulation of the blood sodium and calcium concentrations of the blue crab Callinectes sapidus" (1976). Master's Theses. 390.