Calcium balance in crustaceans: nutritional aspects of physiological regulation.


Calcium homeostasis in crustaceans is influenced by their natural molting cycle that periodically requires replacement of the calcified exoskeleton in order for growth to occur. Whole body Ca balance transitions from intermolt (zero net flux) to premolt (net efflux) and postmolt (net influx at the rate of 2 mmol kg(-1)h(-1)). As such, molting provides a… (More)


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