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Title: Contractile properties of the shell-foot retractor muscle of Lottia gigantea: A possible catch muscle
Student Author(s): Gamez, Lourdes
Faculty Advisor(s): Denny, Mark
%E Gilly, William
Pages: 32
Location: Final Papers Biology 175H
Date: June 1985
Keywords: biology of limpets
Abstract: The ability of limpets to exhibit high tenacity in clamping down on rocks for prolonged periods of time is accounted for by a possible catch mechanism. Contractile properties of a preparation of the shell-foot retractor muscle of the limpet Lottia gigantea were investigated using salines of altered ionic concentrations and known muscle effectors (caffeine, acetlycholine, and 5-hydroxy-tryptamine).