Russian Journal of Developmental Biology

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 88–93 | Cite as

Regeneration processes in various species of planarians

  • I. M. Sheiman
  • N. D. Kreshchenko
  • M. V. Netreba


Blastema growth and functional maturation of the pharynx during regeneration in various planarian species were compared. The intensity of blastema growth was highest in Polycelis tenuis; the lowest, in Schmidtea mediterranea. In the sexual and asexual races of Girardia tigrina blastema growth differed inconsiderably. The function of the pharynx during the regeneration of caudal fragments lacking pharynx was manifested in G. tigrina in the usual amount of time, while in the regeneration of head fragments lacking pharynx, this function occured earlier. In other planarian species of the other two typed, the times of pharynx regeneration had no regular character and took longer compared to the same process in G. tigrina.

Key words

planarians regeneration blastema pharynx feeding behavior 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. M. Sheiman
    • 1
  • N. D. Kreshchenko
    • 2
  • M. V. Netreba
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Cell BiophysicsRussian Academy of SciencesPushchino, Moscow oblastRussia
  2. 2.Pushchino State UniversityPushchino, Moscow oblastRussia

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