We have initiated a study on leech cocoons, currently focusing on their
protein components (Mason et al., 2004) and ultrastructure (Dimitriu and
Shain, 2004). I am wondering if anyone has collected any clitellate cocoons
over the years, or who currently discards them while collecting specimens?
Please let me know if you are willing to part with a few of your cocoons!
Mason TA, McIlroy PJ and Shain DH (2004) A cysteine-rich protein in the
Theromyzon (Annelida: Hirudinea) cocoon membrane. FEBS Lett. 561, 167-172.
Dimitriu C and Shain DH (2004) Ultrastructural properties of the Theromyzon
(Annelida: Hirudinea) cocoon membrane. Micron 35, 281-285.
Daniel H. Shain
Assistant Professor of Zoology
315 Penn Street
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Camden, NJ 08102
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