Chemistry of the body fluids of the coelacanth, Latimeria chalumnae

@article{Griffith1980ChemistryOT,
  title={Chemistry of the body fluids of the coelacanth, Latimeria chalumnae},
  author={R. W. Griffith},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B. Biological Sciences},
  year={1980},
  volume={208},
  pages={329 - 347}
}
  • R. W. Griffith
  • Published 1980
  • Chemistry, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B. Biological Sciences
  • The coelacanth, Latimeria chalumnae, possesses a blood chemistry that is nearly identical to that of the elasmobranch fishes and contrasts with that of the bony fishes and tetrapods. Especially notable is the retention of high concentrations of urea (377 mM) and of trimethylamine oxide (122 mM), which aid in raising the blood osmolarity (942 mosm/I) to close to that of the sea water environment. These features also characterize other coelacanth body fluids, such as the notochordal fluid… CONTINUE READING
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