Indexed on: 01 Mar '80Published on: 01 Mar '80Published in: Hydrobiologia
Changes in the neurosecretory cell cytology of I. exustus subjected to hypertonic saline (0.1 ml of 1.5%/snail) loading and thermal stress (35°C) for two hours, have been investigated. Of the two types of neurosecretory cells A and B that are present in the central nervous system (CNS) of I. exustus, striking changes were evident only in B cells. After both treatments, there was about 33% decline in NSM (Neurosecretory material) intensity. However, the nuclear diameter of B cells was significantly (P < 0.001) increased in the snails administrated with hypertonic saline unlike in those exposed to 35°C wherein significant (P < 0.005) decline was evident. The adaptive significance of the neuroendocrine system of I exustus is discussed in relation to hydrothermal stress.