Examination of Digestive Enzyme Distribution in Gut Tract and Functions of Intestinal Caecum, in Megascolecid Earthworms (Oligochaeta: Megascolecidae) in Japan

@inproceedings{Nozaki2013ExaminationOD,
  title={Examination of Digestive Enzyme Distribution in Gut Tract and Functions of Intestinal Caecum, in Megascolecid Earthworms (Oligochaeta: Megascolecidae) in Japan},
  author={Manabu Nozaki and Katsutoshi Tama Ito and Chiemi Miura and Takeshi Miura},
  booktitle={Zoological science},
  year={2013}
}
Earthworms ingest various materials in addition to food items, such as soil particles. Most earthworms of the family Megascolecidae, a dominant family in Japan, have intestinal caeca connected directly to the intestinal tract. The function of the caeca has not been demonstrated, although it is thought to be associated with digestion. We investigated the activity of the digestive enzymes amylase, phosphatase, cellulase, and protease in different regions of the gut, including the intestinal caeca… Expand
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