Helgoländer Meeresuntersuchungen

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 67–75 | Cite as

Influence of starvation and feeding on the hepatopancreas of larvalHyas araneus (Decapoda, Majidae)

  • V. Storch
  • K. Anger


Zoea-1 larvae ofHyas araneus were kept under different nutritional conditions. Their midgut glands were investigated with a transmission electron microscope. The glandular epithelium consists of the cell types known from adult decapods. It is mainly the R-cell type that undergoes ultrastructural alterations which reflect nutritional conditions. R-cells of fed larvae are characterized by large lipid inclusions; after a certain period of food deprivation (point-of-no-return) the original ultrastructure cannot be reestablished. Refeeding results in large glycogen deposits in these cells.


Basal Lamina Food Deprivation Hermit Crab Starvation Period Ultrastructural Alteration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Storch
    • 1
  • K. Anger
    • 2
  1. 1.Zoologisches InstitutHeidelbergFederal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Biologische Anstalt Helgoland (Meeresstation)HelgolandFederal Republic of Germany

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