Mobilization of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium by embryonic alligators (Alligator mississippiensis).


The yolk of an alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) egg contains approximately 115 mg of Ca, 180 mg of P, and 17 mg of Mg at oviposition. This compartment is the primary (or sole) source of P and Mg for the forming embryo. Both of these elements are depleted rapidly from the yolk once the embryo enters the growth phase of development. The yolk also is an… (More)


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