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Four Functional Filaments of the Freshwater Crayfish Cherax Tenuimanus (Decapoda: Parastacidae)

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Abstract A detailed description of the 4th podobranch of the marron Cherax tenuimanus is given, describing four filaments distinguished by their apical morphology: rounded, pointed, alar, and hooked. Four response patterns of these filaments to silver staining (3 minutes in 0.25% solution of AgNO3 and then exposed by immersion in Kodak developer for 30 seconds) were recognized: 1) staining filaments with an unbroken film of stain along the length, 2) non-staining filaments without stain response, 3) mottled filaments had patches of staining along the length of the filament, 4) mosaic filaments which stained in rosette patterns.

Affiliations: 1: a Department of Zoology, The University of Western Australia, Nedlands W. A. 6907, Australia ; 2: b Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, The University of Western Australia, Nedlands W. A. 6907, Australia


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