Buoyancy studies and microscopy of skin and subdermal extracellular matrix of the antarctic snailfish, Paraliparis devriesi.

@article{Eastman1994BuoyancySA,
  title={Buoyancy studies and microscopy of skin and subdermal extracellular matrix of the antarctic snailfish, Paraliparis devriesi.},
  author={J. Eastman and Robert S. Hikida and Arthur L. Devries},
  journal={Journal of morphology},
  year={1994},
  volume={220 1},
  pages={
          85-101
        }
}
The Antarctic snailfish Paraliparis devriesi (Liparididae) occupies an epibenthic habitat at a depth of 500-650 m in the subzero waters of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Although lacking a swim bladder, this species is neutrally buoyant through the combined effects of reduced skeletal ossification and expansion of a watery gelatinous subdermal extracellular matrix (SECM). The SECM serves as a low density buoyancy agent. It comprises a mean of 33.8% of the body weight, the largest known proportion… CONTINUE READING

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