Uric Acid: The Sperm-Release Pheromone of the Marine Polychaete Platynereis dumerilii

  title={Uric Acid: The Sperm-Release Pheromone of the Marine Polychaete Platynereis dumerilii},
  author={Erich Zeeck and Tilmann Harder and Manfred Beckmann},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
In the marine polychaete, Platynereis dumerilii, reproductive behavior in the two sexes is synchronized by the consecutive discharge of male and female sex-specific pheromones. After the female releases the eggs into the free water column, immediate fertilization is achieved by several males circling around the eggs emitting sperm clouds. We report the isolation and identification of the sperm-release pheromone present in the coelomic fluid of sexually mature females. Each step in isolation was… 
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