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CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF THE INTEGUMENTAL REFLECTING PLATELETS IN THE IRIDESCENT COPEPODS OF THE FAMILY SAPPHIRINIDAE (POECILOSTOMATOIDA)

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ABSTRACT Purine bases are known as a major component of reflecting layers in aquatic animals. Guanine, xanthine, and hypoxanthine levels in 1 species of Copilia and 5 species of Sapphirina were measured by using HPLC to test for the presence of purine bases in the integument. Intact specimens of male S. nigromaculata showed a high peak corresponding to guanine, while those of females showed only a small guanine peak. The guanine peaks were conspicuous in all males of the species tested, but other purines were not. It is concluded that guanine is the major component of the reflecting platelets contributing to the iridescence of male sapphirinids.

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1996-01-01
2016-12-07

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