Salt Glands in Marine Reptiles

@article{SchmidtNielsen1958SaltGI,
  title={Salt Glands in Marine Reptiles},
  author={Knut Schmidt-Nielsen and Ragnar F{\'a}nge},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1958},
  volume={182},
  pages={783-785}
}

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