Efferent Mechanisms of Discharging Cnidae: I. Measurements of Intrinsic Adherence of Cnidae Discharged From Tentacles of the Sea Anemone, Aiptasia pallida.

@article{Thorington1996EfferentMO,
  title={Efferent Mechanisms of Discharging Cnidae: I. Measurements of Intrinsic Adherence of Cnidae Discharged From Tentacles of the Sea Anemone, Aiptasia pallida.},
  author={Glyne U Thorington and David A Hessinger},
  journal={The Biological bulletin},
  year={1996},
  volume={190 1},
  pages={125-138}
}
Two kinds of cnida predominate in the tentacles of the acontiate sea anemones: spirocysts and microbasic mastigophore nematocysts. These cnidae discharge in response to appropriate mechanical and chemical stimulation. In this paper, we calculate the strengths of attachment between the tentacle and the capsules (= "tentacle adherence") of discharged spirocysts and mastigophores by measuring adhesive force and by determining the numbers of spirocysts and mastigophores discharged onto targets… CONTINUE READING