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Abalone Larvae

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In a project previously supported by NSF, researchers at the University of California at Santa Barbara discovered that some red algae produced chemical signals that regulate the metamorphosis of abalone, from its larval stage to its mature form. This picture, taken during a lab experiment, shows abalone larvae that have recently settled, and are browsing upon a red algal surface. The larval surface receptors controlling the events of metamorphosis have been activated by contact with unique peptides at the alga's surface.

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Abalone Larvae
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Credit: Robert Sisson; © National Geographic Society
Decade of Image: 1980 - 1989

Categories:

BIOLOGICAL / Biochemistry

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JPEG Format - 21.7M - 2297 x 3300 pixel image - 300 DPI

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