*Department of Biology, Goldsmiths' College, University of London, Lewisham Way, London.
Development and morphology of the glochidium larva of Anodonta cygnea (Mollusca: Bivalvia)
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
Journal of Zoology
Volume 173, Issue 1, pages 1–13, May 1974
How to Cite
Wood, E. M. (1974), Development and morphology of the glochidium larva of Anodonta cygnea (Mollusca: Bivalvia). Journal of Zoology, 173: 1–13. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1974.tb01743.x
- Issue published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Accepted 13 November 1973
The development of the parasitic glochidium larva of Anodonta cygnea L. is outlined, with reference to earlier studies on unionid larvae, and a comparison is made between the mature glochidia of the three genera, Anodonta, Unio, and Margaritifera.
The glochidium of Anodonta cygnea is anatomically and morphologically specialized in connection with its parasitic existence. The specialized structures are described, and their significance discussed.