Apparent H + Excretion and Co 2 Dynamics Accompanying Carapace Mineralization in the Blue Crab ( Callinectessapidus ) following Moulting

@inproceedings{Cameron2006ApparentH,
  title={Apparent H + Excretion and Co 2 Dynamics Accompanying Carapace Mineralization in the Blue Crab ( Callinectessapidus ) following Moulting},
  author={James R Cameron},
  year={2006}
}
Just after moulting the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, is soft and defenceless, but in the following days, a hard calcareous shell is formed for support and protection. The carapace of intermoult (hard) crabs constitutes 27% of the wet weight and 53% of the dry weight, with 14% of the body water contained in a carapace fluid compartment. The pH of the shell fluid compartment is maintained at 0-3 to 0-5 pH units above that of the blood. The mineral portion of the carapace is primarily CaCO3… CONTINUE READING
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