Chitin-Protein-Based Composites

  • Hermann Ehrlich
Part of the Biologically-Inspired Systems book series (BISY, volume 13)


Fur-like biological material made of densely distributed setae with unknown function has been reported here for some representatives of decapod crustaceans, both marine and fresh water habituating species. Such crabs as Kiwa hirsute, Shinkaia crosnieri as well as Eriocheir sinensis and E. japonica are described in the chapter as organisms producing setaous structures, which are made of chitin-protein-based composites. The presence of silk-like fibrillar protein within the inner pars of the setae has been discussed in comparison with marine silk of the amphipod’s origin.


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  • Hermann Ehrlich
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  1. 1.Institute of Electronic and Sensor MaterialsTU Bergakademie FreibergFreibergGermany

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