The marine bacterium Alteromonas espejiana induces metamorphosis of the hydroid Hydractinia echinata

@article{Leitz1993TheMB,
  title={The marine bacterium Alteromonas espejiana induces metamorphosis of the hydroid Hydractinia echinata},
  author={T. Frederick Leitz and Thomas Wagner},
  journal={Marine Biology},
  year={1993},
  volume={115},
  pages={173-178}
}
The marine hydroid Hydractinia echinata develops into a primary polyp from a planula larva stage. The planula does not undergo metamorphosis in sterile filtered seawater. Metamorphosis is induced by certain bacteria occurring, as a rule, on the shells of molluscs inhabited by hermit crabs of the genus Eupagurus. Bacteria were isolated from shells occupied by H. echinata, and bacterial clones were selected which had a strong potency for inducing metamorphosis in planula larvae. One such clone… CONTINUE READING

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