Smelly feet are not always a bad thing: the relationship between cyprid footprint protein and the barnacle settlement pheromone.

@article{Dreanno2006SmellyFA,
  title={Smelly feet are not always a bad thing: the relationship between cyprid footprint protein and the barnacle settlement pheromone.},
  author={Catherine Dreanno and Richard Kirby and Anthony S Clare},
  journal={Biology letters},
  year={2006},
  volume={2 3},
  pages={423-5}
}
A critical phase in the life cycle of sessile benthic marine invertebrates is locating a suitable substratum for settlement. For barnacles, it is the lecithotrophic cypris larva that makes this plankto-benthic transition. In exploring possible substrata for settlement, the cyprid leaves behind 'footprints' of a proteinaceous secretion that reportedly functions as a temporary adhesive, and also acts as a secondary cue in larval-larval interactions at settlement. Here, we show that two polyclonal… CONTINUE READING

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