Metamorphosis pp 397-444 | Cite as

Biological Basis of Tissue Regression and Synthesis

  • Burr G. Atkinson


The metamorphic process takes place in anuran tadpoles in an orderly fashion and with precise timing, each new development fitting into a perfectly coordinated pattern. Organs essential for an aquatic environment (tail and gills) do not begin to degenerate until the growth and development of organs essential for a terrestrial environment (legs and lungs) are nearly complete in their growth and development (Fig. 1). During the latter stages of larval development, the blood chemistry changes also manifest the functionality of the transition from gill to lung respiration.


Thyroid Hormone Myofibrillar Protein Gill Tissue Anuran Tadpole Hydrolytic Enzyme Activity 
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  • Burr G. Atkinson
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  1. 1.Department of Zoology, Cell Science LaboratoriesUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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