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Davidsons solution

Matthew O'Brien MObrien at zen.uq.edu.au
Tue Mar 28 22:40:35 EST 2000

Hi everyone,

I've found a reference stating that Davidsons solution is the "preferred 
fixative for marine invertebrates and produces the least shrinking of 
reproductive tissue"  Has anyone else heard of and/or use this?   

I can't get the reference it cites imediatley (Shaw, B.L. and Battle, H.L. 
(1957).  The gross and microscopic anatomy of the digestive tract of the 
oyster Crassostrea virginica (Gmelin). Can. J. Zool. 35:325-347) and 
figure someone out there might know.   

I'm planning on looking at reproductive state of the beachworms I am 
working on (Genera: Australonuphis and Onuphis) and this may be a way 
to preserve the worms without unduly effecting the size of gametes?  

Oh, and if anyone knows anything about the repro of these guys, I'd be 
most appreciative if you'd let me know - No point in reinventing the wheel is 

Thanks in advance,


Matthew O'Brien,
Department of Zoology and Entomology,
University of Queensland,
Brisbane  QLD  4072

email: mobrien at zoology.uq.edu.au
Fax:  (07) 3365 1655
Ph:   (07) 3365 2491 (Zoology Office) 
           0429 208395 (Mobile)


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