In Vivo Observations of Larval Brooding in the Chilean Oyster, Ostrea chilensis Philippi, 1845.

@article{Chaparro1993InVO,
  title={In Vivo Observations of Larval Brooding in the Chilean Oyster, Ostrea chilensis Philippi, 1845.},
  author={Oscar Roberto Chaparro and Raymond J. Thompson and J. Evan Ward},
  journal={The Biological bulletin},
  year={1993},
  volume={185 3},
  pages={365-372}
}
The Chilean oyster Ostrea chilensis broods its larvae within the mantle cavity. In vivo observations, made with an endoscope, have demonstrated that the female does not undergo gill modification before or during the brooding process. The veliger larvae move freely, have no physical connections with the tissues of the mother, and are often seen as an aggregation ("swarm") around the labial palps. The larvae show a distinct circulation pattern inside the mantle cavity of the mother. Sporadic but… CONTINUE READING
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