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Title: Pigmentation in the polychaete worm Nereis grubei
Student Author(s): Carlson, Keith C.
Faculty Advisor(s): Fuhrman, F. A.
Pages: 18
Location: Final Papers Biology 175H
Date: June 1976
Keywords: polychaeta
Abstract: Pigmentation in the polychaete worm Nereis grubei has two components. The dark green bile pigment biliverdin occurs in granules in the body wall and in the coelom. An unidentified blue-green pigment was found in the body wall and in oocytes of spawning females. Protective coloration is enhanced by both biliverdin and the unknown pigment. Structural differences appear to be responsible for the color change during oocyte maturation in Nereis grubei.