Chemical Composition of Inks of Diverse Marine Molluscs Suggests Convergent Chemical Defenses

@article{Derby2007ChemicalCO,
  title={Chemical Composition of Inks of Diverse Marine Molluscs Suggests Convergent Chemical Defenses},
  author={C. Derby and C. Kicklighter and P. Johnson and X. Zhang},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={2007},
  volume={33},
  pages={1105-1113}
}
  • C. Derby, C. Kicklighter, +1 author X. Zhang
  • Published 2007
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of Chemical Ecology
  • Some marine molluscs, notably sea hares, cuttlefish, squid, and octopus, release ink when attacked by predators. The sea hare Aplysia californica releases secretions from the ink gland and opaline gland that protect individuals from injury or death from predatory spiny lobsters through a combination of mechanisms that include chemical deterrence, sensory disruption, and phagomimicry. The latter two mechanisms are facilitated by millimolar concentrations of free amino acids (FAA) in sea hare ink… CONTINUE READING
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